The Transportation Security Administration discovered a loaded firearm in a passenger's carry-on bag this morning at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.

The loaded .357 revolver was discovered at about 5:00 a.m., airport police were immediately alerted and took possession of the firearm.
Weapons are not permitted in carry-on baggage at U.S. airports.

Individuals who bring firearms to a checkpoint face a civil penalty from TSA.

Last year TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered at the security checkpoint.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared.

Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

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The TSA discovered 1,556 firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2012 including three at Chattanooga Metropolitan. This was the 2nd firearm discovered at the Chattanooga airport in 2013.