KANAWHA SHOOTING - The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department arrested Paul Leon Parsons, 63, for shooting his niece's husband in the leg late Saturday night.

Deputies do not know what started the argument that led to the alleged shooting, but say that the victim's injury is not believed to be life threatening.

Investigators say that the victim is a neighbor and tenant of Parsons.

Parsons has been arraigned on a malicious wounding charge. He was unable to make bond and is being held at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.

GUNS ON PLANES - The Transportation Security Administration said in a news release Wednesday its officers saw a significant increase in guns being stopped at airports in 2019.

West Virginia’s increase mirrored a national trend of a rise in firearms detected at airport checkpoints nationwide.

TSA officers caught more firearms at checkpoints across the country in 2019 than ever before in the agency’s 18-year history. In West Virginia, officers say an increase from 10 guns in 2018 to 18 in 2019.

In total, 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags or on passengers at checkpoints across the country last year, an average of about 12.1 firearms per day, the news release said.

According to the news release, 87% of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded.

Travelers who bring firearms to a checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA, even if a traveler has a concealed carry permit.

Even if a traveler has a concealed weapon permit, firearms are not permitted to be carried onto an airplane. Travelers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition.