A recent Charlotte Observer article was published about the prevalence of weapons, particularly firearms, being found in carry on luggage at Charlotte Douglas Airport. This is actually quite common where an otherwise law abiding citizen forgets that their weapon or firearm is in their luggage, perhaps because they did not clean out their bags after coming back from hunting or the gun range. This offense has criminal and civil implications. The hapless traveler can be charged with the crimes of Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Gun) or Possession of Firearm on City Property or both. That can result in a criminal record and the likely revocation of a CCW permit. In certain circumstances, it can result in felony prosecution, jail and/or probation. On the civil side, it may also cause fines to be levied by the TSA, getting placed on the no-fly list or a ban from a certain airline or airport.
One who is charged with this offense is wise to seek counsel who can negotiate an outcome that minimizes the penalty.
Loaded gun found at Charlotte Airport Charlotte Observer 4/11/15