- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 6, 2019

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says a California man has been cited for having a gun loaded with three bullets in a carry-on bag at an airport in Virginia.

A news release from the TSA says the gun was found at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport checkpoint Tuesday morning. Airport police confiscated the gun and cited the man on a weapons charge. His name wasn’t given.

TSA says this is the fifth gun detected at this airport this year. Six guns were spotted at the checkpoint last year.

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Nationwide, the TSA says more than 4,000 guns were discovered in carry-on bags at security checkpoints last year and 86% were loaded.

Passengers are allowed to have guns in checked bags if they are properly packaged and declared.

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