CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A West Virginia man was cited by Yeager Police after a gun was found in his bag.
A Transportation Security Administration officer at Yeager Airport spotted a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver in the man’s carry-on bag while conducting a routine screening.
He was cited for failure to declare a firearm, and he told Yeager Police he forgot the firearm was in his baggage.
Yeager Airport says that there was no impact to airport operations.
You are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. The firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website.
Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.
A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online.