RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two more firearms were spotted at the Richmond International Airport this past weekend.

That means 2024 has now exceeded 2023 for the number of firearms found at the airport for that entire year.

Firearm found at Richmond International Airport security checkpoint, June 8, 2024. (Transportation Security Administration)

The Transportation Security Administration reports officers intercepted a loaded firearm on Saturday and an unloaded one Sunday.

“It is disappointing to continue to see travelers bringing their firearms to our checkpoints instead of properly packing them for a flight,” said Robin “Chuck” Burke, TSA’s federal security director for the airport. “Bringing a gun to a checkpoint is careless and puts everyone at risk for a possible accident. We have ways for travelers to properly transport a firearm for a flight. All we ask is that they be packed in the safest manner possible. That means firearms should be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided case. That case then needs to be taken to the airline check-in counter where the traveler needs to declare that they want to fly with it. The airline will make sure it is safely transported in the belly of the aircraft where nobody has access to it during a flight.”

Firearm found at Richmond International Airport security checkpoint, June 9, 2024. (Transportation Security Administration)

According to a release, officers stopped a man from Florida with a loaded 9mm handgun on Saturday. That weapon was loaded with 10 bullets.

Then on Sunday, officers spotted a 9mm firearm with 16 accessible bullets in two gun magazines in the belongings of a man from Rockville.

Both weapons were confiscated and the men were cited on weapons charges. They each also face a financial civil penalty of up to $15,000, depending on the circumstances.

So far this year, 18 firearms have been caught at the security checkpoints at the Richmond Airport. In 2023, the total for the year was 17.

While people are allowed to travel with firearms in their checked baggage, they do have to declare it when checking it and it needs to be packed in a specific way.

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