Leesburg Mother Charged with Carrying Handgun at Airport

A Leesburg woman traveling with her children was arrested Feb. 24 at Baltimore Washington Airport after she carried a loaded handgun through a security checkpoint.

The .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with six rounds was in her handbag, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

TSA officers detected the gun as the woman entered the security checkpoint. Maryland Transportation Authority Police confiscated the firearm and arrested her on state weapons charges.

The woman was not identified, but the TSA used the case to highlight the importance leaving weapons behind when coming to an airport. Anyone who brings firearms to the checkpoint faces criminal charges and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

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