In the post-9/11 world, restrictions on what can be taken on airplanes have increased dramatically. Unfortunately, some restricted items are things that certain people may be so used to having on their person they may forget about them as they attempt to board a plane. Unfortunately, one woman faces accusations of weapons crimes after officials in Virginia claimed she attempted to take a gun through security.
The incident happened at a Virginia airport in January. Officials with the Transportation Security Administration claim they detected the gun at an airport checkpoint. Reports accuse the woman of having a loaded .40-caliber handgun with nine bullets; there was reportedly a bullet in the chamber.
TSA representatives contacted the airport's police force. Those accused of attempting to take a gun through airport security can face criminal charges as well as civil penalties up to $12,000. A first time offender is typically fined $3,000.
It may be hard to estimate how many people with whom a person traveling to the airport may come into contact. As a result, it is possible that even if a weapon is found on a person's carry-on luggage, he or she may not have personally put it there. A person facing allegations of weapons crimes in Virginia may have multiple important decisions to make -- decisions that he or she may feel unprepared to answer. As a result, they seek an experienced professional who does have experience with such cases to provide them with the information they need to make informed decisions.
Source: henricocitizen.com, "Virginia woman cited with gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint", Jan. 25, 2017