NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two firearms were discovered at the security checkpoint at Nashville International Airport in the past 24 hours.
The Transportation Security Administration said the first was discovered at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Security officers found the loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol in a passenger's carry-on bag.
A loaded .32 caliber revolver was found in another passenger's carry-on at 5:20 a.m. Monday. Both were cited on a local charge.
"While firearms may be transported in checked baggage, they are prohibited in carry-on bags," said Jon Allen, TSA spokesman. "We advise passengers to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no prohibited items inside."
So far this year, TSA has discovered 23 firearms at the checkpoint in Nashville. From January to July, TSA said 821 firearms have been discovered at checkpoints nationwide.
Information on the proper transport of firearms may be found on the TSA website.