A gun was recovered at the Nashville International Airport on Friday morning from a passenger's carry-on luggage.
The passenger was flying from Nashville to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when a Ruger SR9c was unloaded with two empty magazines.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, this is the first weapon to be discovered in carry-on luggage at the Nashville airport this year.
TSA said individuals who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties.
The TSA has the ability to impose a civil penalty and fines can range from $250 up to $11,000 for a single civil penalty for firearms brought to a security checkpoint.
Nationwide, the TSA intercepted an average of 35 firearms and other dangerous weapons per week in 2013.