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Man with loaded gun stopped at RIC

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A passenger with a loaded gun is stopped at Richmond International Airport. TSA agents found the weapon when a passenger tried to pass through a security checkpoint.

The passenger has been identified as 68-year-old James Horne of Richmond. He was headed to Atlanta.

TSA says the .38 revolver, which was loaded with 5 rounds, was found in Horne's carry-on bag. The discovery was made around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Horne reportedly told TSA agents he forgot the loaded gun was in his bag.

News of the incident is bothersome to some passengers, including Boe Svatek.

"I'm surprised that somebody would have that on them and accidentally travel with something like that. I'm glad TSA is on the lookout and helping everybody travel safe," said Svatek.

A similar incident happened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In that case, TSA  says it found a gun with two loaded magazines in Christopher Shackleford's carry-on luggage.

Zenia Burnette, who's traveling to Atlanta, says passengers are responsible for knowing what's in their luggage.

"I log onto web sites to make sure I'm not carrying too much liquid or something in my bag that could be perceived as dangerous or unsafe," she added.

Robert Thornhill is headed to the Bahamas.

He's happy the gun never made it on the plane.

"I'd rather be patted down, x-rayed, and whatever else it takes to know that I'm getting on a plane and I'm going to be safe," said Thornhill.

After the weapon was taken from Horne he was given a summons and released.

Horne is scheduled to appear in court next month.

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