- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A passenger at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was stopped and cited after an officer found a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at a checkpoint, Transportation Security Administration officials said Tuesday.

The TSA said the man was carrying a loaded .40-caliber handgun on his way to board a flight to Montreal on Monday morning. The Stafford, Va., man was cited on a weapons charge and permitted to board his flight after the gun and ammunition were confiscated.

The TSA said the man had a concealed weapons permit and told the authorities that he had forgotten the firearm was in his carry-on bag.

Passengers can travel with a firearm under certain circumstances, such as if the weapon is packed unloaded inside a piece of checked luggage and declared at the airline counter.

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