TSA: Gun found in carry-on bag at Rhode Island airport

December 30, 2019 GMT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Florida man was arrested at Rhode Island’s main airport over the weekend after officers found a handgun in his carry-on luggage, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Monday.

It was the second gun found at T.F. Green International Airport’s security checkpoint this month, and the third this year, according to the TSA. Last year, agency officers found four firearms at the airport’s checkpoint.

The .22 caliber gun was spotted Sunday in the checkpoint X-ray machine. Airport police were contacted and after questioning, the man was arrested.

The man, identified by the Rhode Island Airport Corp., as Richard L. Lowry, 56, of Sebastian, Florida, was released on $5,000 bond and allowed to leave the state. He is charged with carrying a gun without a license and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime.

He did not enter a plea and no defense attorney was listed in online court records. He’s due back in court March 30.

He told officials he did not know how the handgun ended up in his luggage.