RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A man from Powhatan is facing a weapons charge after a loaded firearm was found in his carry-on bag at the Richmond International Airport.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, the incident occurred on April 25 when the man was going through a security checkpoint.

The X-ray unit alerted on the man’s bag, requiring a closer inspection.

The Richmond Airport Police were then called in to remove the weapon, a 9mm handgun loaded with 13 bullets.

In addition to the weapons charge, the man now faces a financial penalty of up to $15,000, depending on the circumstances, for bringing the firearm to a security checkpoint.

“It is disappointing to see so many travelers bringing their firearms to our checkpoints,” said Robin “Chuck” Burke TSA’s Federal Security Director for the airport. “Last year, our officers detected 17 firearms at our checkpoints during all 12 months of the year. Today, we are not even through four months of 2024 and already we have intercepted 11 firearms. We encourage travelers not to pack their firearms in their carry-on bags. Responsible gun owners know where their guns are at all times and they know not to bring them to an airport security checkpoint. Our TSA officers continue to stay alert and vigilant to help ensure that nothing prohibited or illegal gets onto a flight.”

This was the fourth firearm caught at the Richmond airport this month as well as the 11th so far this year.