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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two guns were found at the security checkpoint inside Charlotte Douglas International Airport Thursday night, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

A loaded .45 caliber Colt gun was found in a passenger's carry-on bag at 6:45 p.m. About 25 minutes later a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson gun was found in another passenger's carry-on bag.

In both cases, police were notified and both passengers were arrested and charged.

I want to recognize the vigilance of our transportation security officers in identifying these firearms, said TSA Federal Security Director Mark Haught in a statement. We encourage passengers to check the contents of carry-on bags before they come to the airport to ensure they do not contain prohibited items.

More than 1,300 guns were found at security checkpoints last year, including 14 at the Charlotte airport, according to the TSA.

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