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Man arrested at Augusta airport after handgun found in carry-on

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Firearm confiscated at Augusta Regional Airport Thursday, Courtesy: TSA Firearm confiscated at Augusta Regional Airport Thursday, Courtesy: TSA
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A spokesman with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says a man was arrested at Augusta Regional Airport Thursday after security found a loaded .380 pistol in his carry-on luggage.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. Thursday after the man went through a TSA checkpoint.

Airport police were alerted, and they took possession of the gun and arrested the man.

The man faces criminal charges, as well as a civil penalty from the TSA that could total thousands of dollars.

This is the first firearm discovered at the airport this year, though three were taken into custody during 2011.

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