Friday, September 20, 2013

TSA Week in Review: 46 Firearms Discovered This Week (40 Loaded)



 
Loaded Firearm (ATL)
Loaded Firearm (ATL)
46 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 46 firearms, 40 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

(Left to Right) Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Belt Buckle Knife (DEN), Credit Card Knife (ABQ)
(Left to Right) Credit Card Knife (ABQ), Belt Buckle Knife (DEN), Credit Card Knife (ABQ)
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – 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 or on your body, you could be cited and quite possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found by our officers in strange places.

  • A hairbrush dagger was discovered at Phoenix-Mesa (AZA).
  • Two credit card knives were discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ) this week.
  • A 2½-inch knife was detected concealed in a cane at Cleveland (CLE).
  • A belt buckle knife was discovered at Denver (DEN).

(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Mace (MDW), Brush Dagger (AZA), Peplica Clock Revolver (SEA)
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Mace (MDW), Brush Dagger (AZA), Peplica Clock Revolver (SEA)
Stun Guns21 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Three were discovered at Denver (DEN), two at Albuquerque (ABQ), two at Huntsville (HSV), two at Las Vegas (LAS), two at Salt Lake City (SLC), and one at each at Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Baltimore (BWI), Birmingham  (BHM), Fayetteville (FAY), New Castle (ILG), New Orleans (MSY), Sacramento (SMF), San Diego (SAN), and San Francisco (SFO).

(Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Stun Guns Discovered at  ABQ, DEN, BWI, LAS, SMF, ABQ, SAN, SLC, MSY, LAS, FAY
(Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Stun Guns Discovered at  ABQ, DEN, BWI, LAS, SMF, ABQ, SAN, SLC, MSY, LAS, FAY
Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. While they may be novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A plastic replica grenade was detected in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).
  • An inert grenade was detected in checked baggage at Philadelphia (PHL)

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…

(Top to Bottom) Throwing Knives (LAX), Sword Cane (CLE), Sword Cane (SLC), Knife (LAX)
(Top to Bottom) Throwing Knives (LAX), Sword Cane (CLE), Sword Cane (SLC), Knife (LAX)
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags
 (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at BNA, ATL, DAL, DFW, ATL, MIA, TPA, SAT
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at BNA, ATL, DAL, DFW, ATL, MIA, TPA, SAT
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at SDF, MIA, MIA, ICT, BOI, JAX, LAS, MLU, SEA, IAH
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at SDF, MIA, MIA, ICT, BOI, JAX, LAS, MLU, SEA, IAH
 (Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at TUL, JAX, HOU, IAH, LBB, SDF, PHX, PDX, TUL
(Top to Bottom - Left to Right) Guns Discovered at TUL, JAX, HOU, IAH, LBB, SDF, PHX, PDX, TUL

46 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 46 firearms, 40 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. *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.

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.

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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