The TSA says when they discovered an unloaded .22 caliber Bernardelli firearm, they notified local law enforcement.
The man said he frequently travels with that particular luggage and mistakenly forgot to take out the firearm before heading to the airport. Police say the firearm was checked via the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and was cleared. The FBI field office in Burlington was also notified, per protocol.
The owner of the weapon was allowed to continue on his travels. Police say the weapon was taken and secured at the Burlington Police Department and may be released upon completion of the investigation.
This is the first weapon discovered in carry-on luggage at Burlington International Airport this year.
Individuals who bring firearms to security checkpoints are subject to fines ranging from $1,500 to $11,000. The TSA says in 2014, the agency has found more than 1,000 firearms at security checkpoints.
Police are withholding the name of the individual until their investigation is complete.
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