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Loaded gun found at Nashville International Airport checkpoint

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 14:12:33-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A loaded gun was found Friday morning at a Nashville International Airport (BNA) checkpoint.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Walther Interarms handgun was detected in a passenger's carry-on bag.

TSA alerted airport police, who took the bag and escorted the passenger out of the checkpoint area.

"Even with much lower than normal passenger numbers, we continue to find firearms at a very high rate at security checkpoints," said TSA Federal Security Director for Tennessee Steve Wood. "Passengers must remember they're responsible for the contents of bags and our advice is they thoroughly inspect all personal belongings to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items before coming to the airport."

This is the 46th gun found by TSA officers at BNA security checkpoints in 2020. A total of 97 guns were found at BNA checkpoints last year.

Firearms can be transported in checked baggage, so long as they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded. They are prohibited on carry-on bags.