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FIRST ON 3: TSA finds loaded gun at ILM checkpoint

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the fifth time this year, security screeners found a loaded weapon at a checkpoint at Wilmington International Airport yesterday.

The Transportation Security Administration says it was one of two loaded firearms four at North Carolina airports yesterday.

TSA says at 2:45 p.m., screeners at ILM found a loaded .40-caliber pistol in a carry-on bag at Wilmington International Airport. That morning workers found a loaded .380-caliber pistol in a carry-on bag at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

TSA says airport police were alerted in each instance and both passengers were cited.

Weapons are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Last year TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered in passenger carry-on bags.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared.

There were 1,549 firearms discovered at TSA checkpoints nationwide in 2012. There have been five guns discovered during 2013 at Wilmington International and seven so far this year at RDU.

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