A Florida man was arrested Thursday after Transportation Security Administration officers at Bradley International Airport found a loaded handgun and ammunition at a checkpoint, according to TSA.
TSA officers who spotted the gun when the man’s fanny pack went through the X-ray machine, so they contacted the Connecticut State Police, who responded, confiscated the gun and bullets and detained the man, according to TSA.
The Plant City, Florida man was carrying a .22 caliber handgun loaded with 10 bullets and a box with 50 additional rounds of ammunition, according to TSA, and he was arrested on state weapons charges.
State police said 74-year-old David Charles Schultz, of Plant City, Florida, was charged with illegal tamper airport/equipment. Bond was set at $500.
Passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared, but firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked and packed separately from ammunition, according to TSA.
TSA said this was the fourth gun caught at the airport’s checkpoint so far this year. TSA officers caught nine firearms at the BDL checkpoint in 2018.
Schultz is scheduled to appear in court on May 30.