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04/03/2014 07:12 EDT | Updated 04/03/2014 07:59 EDT

Pilot Caught With Loaded Handgun At Calgary Airport

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TINLEY PARK, IL - DECEMBER 17: A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012 and gun makers have reported a record high in demand. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass school shooting in Connecticut . (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

An American pilot was charged with multiple weapons-related offences after screening officers at the Calgary International Airport discovered a loaded handgun in a piece of luggage.

The bag was passing through the X-ray machine at the U.S. security checkpoint about 7:30 a.m. Friday when officers with the Canadian Airport Transport Security Authority saw what they believed was a firearm, said CATSA spokesman Mathieu Larocque.