COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A gun was discovered in the carry-on luggage of a man at Port Columbus International Airport Wednesday morning. 

The suspect, who was flying from Columbus to Fort Lauderdale, was cited for criminal trespassing. The Transportation Security Administration said the Beretta .22 was unloaded.

The man, who wasn't identified, could face a fine between $250 and $11,000 for firearms brought to a security checkpoint.

This was the first firearm to be discovered in carry-on luggage at Port Columbus International Airport this calendar year, according to a TSA spokesperson. Last year, agents discovered an average of 35 firearms per week across the country.

TSA officials said firearms can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded and declared to the airline. They are prohibited in carry-on bags.

(Photo courtesy TSA)