NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 45-year-old Mt. Pleasant man was arrested after authorities say they found a loaded handgun in a bag at a checkpoint at the Charleston International Airport Monday morning.
Authorities charged Ned Beck with unlawful carrying of a firearm. According to the Transportation Security Administration, a loaded .380 was found inside a carry-on bag along with a holster.
According to a Charleston County Aviation Authority PD, at 9:27 a.m. police responded to Checkpoint A for a duress alarm. Officers were told that a TSA technician saw a possible weapon in a black carry-on bag belonging to Beck.
A search of the bag revealed a black Ruger .380 semi-automatic handgun in the outside zipper compartment of the bag. Authorities say the gun was loaded with one round in the chamber and five rounds inside the magazine.
Beck told police that he travels frequently and forgot the gun was inside the bag. Beck was scheduled for a flight traveling to Atlanta.
It's the first gun found at the airport since late June, when a Santee woman bound for Philadelphia told officers she forgot to take her .22-caliber pistol out of her bag. That woman was arrested and charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm before being released on a personal recognizance bond.
Last year TSA assessed more than $1.8 million in civil penalties for firearms discovered at security checkpoints. TSA discovered 1,556 firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2012.