AUSTIN (KXAN) — Security officials confiscated a loaded gun in a carry-on at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Monday, making it the 41st gun to be found at the airport during the Transportation Security Administration screenings so far this year.
It's also the sixth found this month alone.
Officials say the Glock 37 was loaded with six rounds and found during the x-ray screening. The unidentified passenger carrying it was arrested, according to the TSA.
"Passengers who bring a firearm to the checkpoint can expect a referral to law enforcement and a civil penalty from TSA, which averages almost $4,000 for a loaded one," said TSA Austin Federal Security Director Mike Scott. "In addition, every time we find a firearm, it causes delays at the checkpoint for everyone else waiting in line."
Civil penalties for an unloaded gun are about $2,000, but the TSA has the right to fine someone up to $13,000. It's possible that a person can also face criminal charges.
People cannot carry on firearms, ammunition, firearm parts or even realistic replicas, but they can be checked in a hard-sided and locked case.
Last year, TSA found a record-breaking 3,957 firearms at checkpoints around the country.
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