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From the Transportation Security Administration: A Bedford County, VA, man was prevented from bringing a loaded gun onto an airplane when Transportation Security Administration officers caught him with the firearm at the security checkpoint at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport yesterday morning (October 27th).  TSA officers detected the .40 caliber handgun, which was loaded with 15 rounds (including one in the chamber), in the Moneta, VA, resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. She immediately notified airport police.  The police responded to the checkpoint and confiscated the firearm. There was no impact to airport operations. Approximately 1,000 people fly out of ROA per day.