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Buzzy Krongard Arrested, Attempted To Bring Loaded Gun Through BWI Security

LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) -- Two people were arrested Thursday at two regional airports after they attempted to bring loaded guns onto airplanes.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority Police arrested a Baltimore County man at Baltimore Washington International-Thurgood Marshal (BWI) after TSA agents caught him with a 9mm handgun loaded with five rounds as he was passing through airport security.

On Friday night, that man was identified as A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, a former top CIA official and longtime Baltimore business leader, according to our media partner The Baltimore Sun.

The handgun was detected inside the traveler's carry-on bag in the X-ray machine.

Krongard was planning to fly to Long Island-MacArthur Airport (ISP) in New York.

Police confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on weapons charges.

According to the Sun, Krongard was the former chairman and CEO of Alex. Brown & Sons, he served as the executive director of the CIA, the third-highest-ranking position under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004.

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TSA officers at BWI detected this 9mm gun in a traveler's carry-on bag on Thursday, August 6, 2015. (Photo courtesy of TSA.)

Also on Thursday the TSA reports that a Frederick County, Virginia man was arrested at Hagerstown Regional (HGR) with a 9mm handgun loaded with 10 rounds as he was entering the airport checkpoint.

It was also detected in the Winchester man's carry-on bag. The man was expected to fly to Orlando, Florida and told officers he didn't realize the gun was in his carry-on bag.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department confiscated the firearm and he too was arrested on weapons charges.

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TSA officers at HGR detected this 9mm gun in a traveler's carry-on bag on Thursday, August 6, 2015. (Photo courtesy of TSA.)

The TSA believe the two incidents were unrelated.

"Firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline," the TSA states. "Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA of up to $11,000."


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