Loaded gun found in traveler’s carry-on bag at Nashville airport

Courtesy: Nashville International Airport
Courtesy: Nashville International Airport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A loaded gun was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at the Nashville International Airport Thursday by the Transportation Security Administration.

The loaded Ruger .380 was discovered around 11 a.m.

According to a release, TSA immediately alerted airport police, who took possession of the bag and cited the passenger.

Thursday’s discovery is the 74th gun found by TSA officers at the Nashville airport this year. Last year, a total of 59 firearms were found at the airport.

Travelers are reminded that firearms can be transported in checked baggage as long as they are declared to the airline and are in a proper carrying case and unloaded. Guns are not allowed in carry-on bags.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

For more information on items prohibited by the TSA, click here.