Friday, October 2, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 53 Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-on Bags

53 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 53 firearms discovered, 48 were loaded and 17 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them onboard the aircraft.The inert grenade pictured was discovered in a checked bag at Jacksonville (JAX).
A knife hidden inside of cane was discovered at Milwaukee (MKE).
A multi-tool was discovered inside of a hollowed out shaving cream can at Omaha (OMA).
Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at BUR, SFO, PHX, GRK, CHS, CLE, PHX and FSD

Stun Guns - 14 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), and the remainder were discovered at Baltimore (BWI), Boise (BOI), Burbank (BUR), Denver (DEN), Fairbanks (FAI), Glacier Park (FCA), Las Vegas (LAS), Oakland (OAK), Phoenix (PHX), Reno (RNO), San Diego (SAN), and Tulsa (TUL).  

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions; that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team

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