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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration says a 17-year-old was stopped at an airport security checkpoint in Virginia with a revolver in his carry-on bag.

A TSA spokeswoman said in a news release Saturday that an officer staffing the checkpoint X-ray monitor on Friday detected the .39-caliber revolver, which was not loaded.

TSA officials notified airport police, who confiscated the handgun and detained the teen for questioning.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a man at an airport in Maryland after they said he carried in a loaded gun and extra bullets.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Thursday that the man was caught at a security checkpoint at BWI Airport.

The TSA said the man told officials he forgot about the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. They said it was loaded with nine bullets and found in his backpack. He also had an extra magazine containing nine bullets.

The TSA did not identify the man but said he was from Laurel, Maryland.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A trial date has been set in Maryland for a Delaware state senator who carried a loaded handgun into an airport.

Online court records show an Aug. 28 trial scheduled in Wicomico County for Sen. Brian Pettyjohn. A preliminary hearing remains scheduled for July 25.

Pettyjohn is accused of violating a prohibition against boarding or attempting to board an aircraft with any firearm or explosive, whether openly or concealed.  The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.


LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been charged with trying to bring a handgun through a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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The mood was somber at the Salesianum School in Wilmington after students learned that one of their own was responsible for the shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport that left one TSA agent dead.

23-year old Paul Ciancia was a member of the class of 2008.

School President Brendan Kennealey told WDEL that the students were definitely more somber adding that it was hard believe that Ciancia could now face the death penalty.

The school held a prayer service yesterday morning.