TSA agents arrest man with gun at Newark airport; first one of the year

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Authorities at Newark Airport arrested a man Wednesday evening after they say he tried to bring a loaded handgun through security.

This is the TSA's first gun arrest at Newark Airport this year.

Port Authority police say the man from Alabama was caught with a .22 caliber handgun inside his carry-on.

TSA officers made the discovery while the man was going through a security checkpoint in Terminal B.

More than 4,000 guns were discovered in carry-ons nationwide last year. Almost 90% of them were loaded.

Officials say passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. TSA has a complete list of those rules and regulations on their website.

Last year, 11 firearms were caught at Newark airport.

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