There are not as many mistakes as severe as carrying a firearm into the airport. When you are discovered by the security personnel (and you will be discovered), you could face severe civil and criminal consequences.
Under North Carolina laws, it is illegal to carry a firearm in certain areas. One of these areas is past the security checkup at a commercial airport. If you have been charged with violating this element of the weapons laws in North Carolina, it is in your best interest that you know the consequences you might face as well as your legal options.
Consequences of carrying a firearm into the airport
It does not matter whether it is an open-carry or a concealed-carry, being in possession of a firearm at the airport can get you in trouble with the law. If you are caught, you will be arrested and charged in a court of law.
Criminal penalties for possessing a firearm at the airport
While being in possession of a firearm at the airport is likely to attract a Class 3 misdemeanor charge, it is still a serious matter. You could be fined or jailed. Worse still, you could end up with a permanent criminal record.
Remember, a criminal conviction always carries collateral consequences as well. For instance, a criminal conviction can hinder you from getting a job, renting an apartment, leasing a property for your business or even obtaining a firearm license again in the future.
TSA penalties are also a possibility
The Transport and Security Administration (TSA) has strict regulations on how to transport weapons through the airport. If you need to transport a firearm, be sure to check the TSA rules. You can be fined thousands of dollars for possessing a firearm at the airport — and the penalties may not end there. The NTSA can also fine you for inappropriate storage of a firearm in your luggage.
Everyone makes mistakes. Maybe you accidentally carried your gun through airport security or forgot to take your firearm out of your luggage. If you are charged with possessing a firearm at the airport, you should consider exploring your legal options as soon as possible.