Another loaded firearm was discovered by authorities at Augusta Regional Airport early Wednesday morning, the second time in two days.
A Transportation Security Administration news release states that a .22-caliber revolver was found in a carry-on bag at a checkpoint just after 5 a.m. The Richmond County Marshal’s Office reported that no arrests were made in the incident.
Mark Howell, a TSA Regional spokesperson, said this is the fifth time this year that a loaded firearm has been confiscated at the airport. A similar .22-caliber revolver was discovered Tuesday morning in a passenger’s carry-on bag at 10 a.m.
In the Tuesday incident, TSA officers alerted the Richmond County Marshal’s Office who took possession of the bag and escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area. The passenger later presented marshals with a Georgia carry license and no arrest was made.
While firearms may be transported in checked baggage, provided they are declared to the airline in a proper carrying case and unloaded, they are prohibited in carry-on bags.
Although no arrests were made in the incidents, Howell said the passengers will likely receive a civil penalty from TSA. In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint may face civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,856 per violation per person and can result in higher penalties for repeated violations.
Howell urged passengers to be aware of airport violations.
“Finding firearms on back-to-back days at an airport this size is a rarity in itself,” Howell said Wednesday. “But what was really strange about the one found this morning is that it is the exact make and model as the one discovered yesterday.”
For more information about the TSA prohibited items visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm, or http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.