Friday, August 16, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 32 Firearms Discovered Last Week (24 Loaded)



 
Loaded Guns Discovered at (L-R) JNU & ECP
Loaded Guns Discovered at (L-R) JNU & ECP
32 Firearms Discovered Last Week – Of the 32 firearms, 24 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Stun Guns –14 stun guns were discovered last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Four were discovered at Denver (DEN), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Baltimore (BWI), and one each at Anchorage (ANC), Chattanooga (CHA), San Francisco (SFO), San Juan (SJU), Atlanta (ATL), and Seattle (SEA).

Stun Guns Discovered At (L-R) ATL, CHA, DEN, DEN, DEN, DEN, LAS, SEA, SFO
Stun Guns Discovered At (L-R) ATL, CHA, DEN, DEN, DEN, DEN, LAS, SEA, SFO
Items in the Strangest Places –It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and quite possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from the past week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • A credit card knife was discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ).

Throwing Knives (LAX), Throwing Star (SNA), Bullet Knife (LGA)
Throwing Knives (LAX), Throwing Star (SNA), Bullet Knife (LGA)
Survival Knive and Asp (PBI), Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Kitchen Knife (DEN)
Survival Knive and Asp (PBI), Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Kitchen Knife (DEN)
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things… 
 
Airsoft Gun LGB
Airsoft Gun (LGB)
Airsoft Guns – Three Airsoft guns were discovered in carry-on baggage last week at Long Beach (LGB), Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP), and Seattle (SEA). Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but allowed in checked baggage. Read this post for more information: TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Traveling with Airsoft Guns
 
                                     Firearms Discovered Last Week in Carry-On Bags
Loaded Guns
Guns Discovered At (L-R) MAF, DEN, BNA, IAH, CMH, RNO, PIT, FAY
Guns Discovered At (L-R) PHX, SAT, RNO
32 Firearms Discovered Last Week – Of the 32 firearms, 24 were loaded and 11 had rounds chambered.
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 throughput 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 $7,500.00. 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, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly (increase) from what I report in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will not be estimates.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. The 2011 list can be found here.

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