CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A Florida man was cited by Yeager Police after a Transportation Security Administration officer at Yeager Airport spotted a gun in the man’s checked bag while conducting routine screening.

The man was stopped and questioned by Yeager Police for having the undeclared .380 caliber handgun in his checked luggage. The man was cited for failure to declare a firearm.

The man stated that he purposefully did not declare the item.

There was no impact to airport operations.

People are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. The firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Airlines may also have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. People should contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. The complete list of penalties is posted online.