ATLANTIC CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested at Atlantic City International Airport after officials prevented him from carrying a loaded handgun through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint and onto his flight

The incident unfolded on Tuesday, June 14, when a security officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray monitor spotted the .38 caliber handgun loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber, inside the Radnor, PA, man’s carry-on bag.

He claimed the carry-on bag and its contents, including the loaded weapon, belonged to his father.

State police confiscated the handgun and arrested the man.

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Last year, TSA officers detected 5,972 guns at security checkpoints nationwide, and 86 percent of them were loaded.

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