Friday, January 17, 2014

TSA Week in Review – 42 Firearms Discovered This Week (37 Loaded)



Loaded Firearm (ATL)
Loaded Firearm (ATL)
Keep an eye out next week for the 2013 TSA Blog Year in Review Post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts from 2011 and 2012.

42 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 42 firearms, 37 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Grenade Simulator (PWM)
Grenade Simulator (PWM)
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. 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.



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 credit card knife was discovered at Albuquerque (ABQ).
Machete (LGA), Throwing Knives (EWR), Punch Dagger (BWI), Firecrackers (MKE)
Machete (LGA), Throwing Knives (EWR), Punch Dagger (BWI), Firecrackers (MKE)
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…
 
Stun Guns25 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Six were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS), three at Denver (DEN), two at Birmingham (BHM), two at San Jose (SJC), and the remainder were discovered at Amarillo (AMA), Atlanta (ATL), Burbank (BUR), Baltimore (BWI), Cedar City (CDC), Detroit (DTW), Kansas City (MCI), Milwaukee (MKE), Oakland (OAK), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), and San Francisco (SFO). 

 
Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags 
Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered At HOU, JAX, TLH, SBN, ROC, ATL, AUS, ATL, FLL
Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered At HOU, JAX, TLH, SBN, ROC, ATL, AUS, ATL, FLL


 *In order to provide a timely weekly update, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly 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.

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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read this blog weekly and am continually amazed that people still try to take guns aboard aircraft. It's understandable that SOME folks might just forget they have a gun in a carry-on, but, my gosh, what's the percentage between those people and the ones who intentionally try to bring one aboard. Does FAA do any any trend data analysis -- e.g., to find which airports have the most gun incidents? Maybe more public awareness or "training" is needed in those regions that have the most offenders. It must make the day interesting for TSA screeners!

Anonymous said...

It is also likely a test to see if there agents are paying attention.

RB said...

TSA claims to be a deterrent but week after week the same post is copied and pasted. No evidence that TSA slows anything down except people trying to go about their business.

TSA, ineffective, too expensive, over manned.

America deserves better for our tax dollars.

Disband TSA

eric said...

I hope all arms were returned to their owners with out any penalty. I still am of the opinion that the 2nd amendment should not be suspended anywhere, anytime, and only discretion be employed by firearm owners as to whether they will carry or refrain. The TSA and the screening of citizens is excessive and burdensome on our freedoms. I have never had a positive experience dealing with any TSA personnel. Very condescending, and tyrannical in the application of their policies. I hope it changes with a new administration.

Anonymous said...

It's about time that people get arrested when trying to take guns in this manner. How about a big fine as well. So many of these people should not have guns anyway. Cudos to TSA. Good job!!!

RB said...

ABOUT THIS BLOG

The purpose of this blog is to communicate with the public about all things TSA related. 

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Since this blog is suppose to be about "all things TSA" then why not even one word about the TSA supervisor fired for stealing from lost and found or the woman who filed a sexual assualt complaint with Denver police over a TSA sexual assualt pat down.

Doesn't TSA think the public would have an interest in these important news items?

Seems like a frank discussion of these types of events would improve TSA's dismal reputation with the public.

Bubba said...

Yet another week in which nothing dangerous that would not be uncovered by a metal detector was found using the full body scanners. Why again do you still use these slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective machines?

John - Detroit said...

I find it hard to believe that persons who carry guns don't know they have them when passing thru an airport security point. What are they thinking? Really???

RobertJ said...

Most of the firearms appear to be lawfully carried in States that allow comcealed carry. How about creating gun storage lockers (for a fee) at each checkpoint with large flashing signs saying "Do you carry concealed? Store your firearm here!" As carrying concealed becomes ubiquitous, more people are probably unintentional lawbreakers because of the inherrent rush and stress of travel.

ice_01201 said...

This is to Eric, why would you believe that it is alright to bring a firearm on an airplane, lets make it real easy for a terrorist, homegrown or otherwise to take over another plane? Want your family and kids there when it happens. This is also to the folks who think TSA is invasive and need to be gone-its not going to happen, and if you dont like the rules for air flight there is a simple answer-drive!People can try to file lawsuits over patdowns but the judges will laugh it out of court as it should be.

Anonymous said...

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-gave-muslim-brotherhood-vip-treatment-no-tsa-pat-downs/

A newly released document obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request confirms that the State Department ordered the Department of Homeland Security to spare members of the Muslim Brotherhood traveling to the US in 2012 a TSA pat down or any kind of secondary screening.

So TSA abuses Americans with electronic Strip Searches, invasive pat downs including the groping genitals among other abusive acts yet a Terrorist Organization like the Muslim Brotherhood gets a pass by TSA.

Time for some TSA heads to roll. Pistole should be charged with violating the law and prosecuted.

Since when did TSA start taking illegal orders from State?

Anonymous said...

And the number one question is what part of "pack it, declare it, keep it." don't these people understand?

Anonymous said...

i cannot believe the general hostility to the American government here. I grew up in a strong country where talk like what is seen on these pages could get you and your family beaten or executed. Here people complain about a little imagined transgression as if it were solely the most important problem on earth. They cry for their rights as if the government has no rights. The government apportions rights as needed, so maybe these cry babies don't need or have rights at certain times.

Our leaders know what is best. Trust them.

Anonymous said...

"Bubba said...
Yet another week in which nothing dangerous that would not be uncovered by a metal detector was found using the full body scanners. Why again do you still use these slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective machines?"

yet another week where people attempt to bring items into an area where there are signs clearly posted stating that they are not allowed. hold them responsible for their actions

Anonymous said...

Bubba said...
Yet another week in which nothing dangerous that would not be uncovered by a metal detector was found using the full body scanners. Why again do you still use these slow, invasive, expensive and obviously ineffective machines?

i am curious as to if the metal detectors will alarm on plastic guns made from 3-d printers?

RB said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
i cannot believe the general hostility to the American government here. I grew up in a strong country where talk like what is seen on these pages could get you and your family beaten or executed. Here people complain about a little imagined transgression as if it were solely the most important problem on earth. They cry for their rights as if the government has no rights. The government apportions rights as needed, so maybe these cry babies don't need or have rights at certain times.

Our leaders know what is best. Trust them.

January 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

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Anon, what country did you grow up in?

Here in the United States it is the duty of citizens to question what government is doing. It is a government for the people and by the people.

Your post demonstrates a severe lack of understanding anything about the United States Constitution.

The citizens grant certain powers to government but retain all rights for the people. Government has no rights. Government does not award or apportion rights.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


The Declaration of Independence also helps paint the picture of Rights and also the duty of the people to question government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

I would suggest that you make time in your life to take some college level government classes. You could also sign up for the Hillsdale College newsletter "Imprimis" available at no cost. Hillsdale College has also offered for free online courses in the Constitution from time to time.

Now I will get out the popcorn and what the show.

Anonymous said...

"Our leaders know what is best."

Maybe, maybe not, but overall the TSA doesn't physically hurt people and I never heard of anyone hospitalized for humiliation. Compared to other government agencies, the TSA is pretty benign.

As for people's Constitutional rights, well, they've been compromised for some time.

Anonymous said...

The people of America learned that the freedoms they had could not keep them safe on September 11, 2001. The government, ever vigilant, passed many laws that disable the flawed bill of rights. Thanks to this action in congress we all can breath easier and feel safer knowing the TSA, NSA, DHS, FBI are given the tools to make us safe and secure.

I, for one, welcome the change in this country's direction.

Rod Barnhart said...

RB said...

"I would suggest that you make time in your life to take some college level government classes."

I think a high school civics class actually covers everything in your comment, so TSAnonymous should have already learned it... Actually, I'm pretty sure some of my middle school classes covered it as well.

Anonymous said...

"Rod Barnhart said...
RB said...

"I would suggest that you make time in your life to take some college level government classes."

I think a high school civics class actually covers everything in your comment, so TSAnonymous should have already learned it... Actually, I'm pretty sure some of my middle school classes covered it as well."

who is tsanonymous? yet another negative annotation on a person that has a differing opinion than the original poster. this usually occurs when the poster supports the tsa. this is very sad, everyones comments should be heard and alterning a persons id due to those comments is unwarrented. yet another reason why the blog should go away. if your comments arent negative towards tsa then obviously do not post or you will be attacked. also very ironic that it comes in a post about the constitution, the very document that provides freedom of speech, obviously to antitsa bloggers your freedom is only granted without retaliation if your opinion is antitsa, total hipocracy

RB said...

Rod Barnhart said...
RB said...

"I would suggest that you make time in your life to take some college level government classes."

I think a high school civics class actually covers everything in your comment, so TSAnonymous should have already learned it... Actually, I'm pretty sure some of my middle school classes covered it as well.

January 22, 2014 at 12:46 AM

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If TSAnonymous wasn't raised in the US then s/he might not know these basic things.

It is clear from other comments posted than this person isn't the only one who fails to understand our form of government. I certainly hope that they are not citizens, if they are then the process to gain citizenship is terribly flawed.

RB said...

This is how TSA screeners protect the public!

As terrified travelers dived for cover, TSA officers — who are unarmed — fled the screening area without hitting a panic button or using a landline to call for help. It took a call from an airline contractor to a police dispatcher, who then alerted officers over the radio — a lag of nearly a minute and a half, the officials said.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jan/21/lax-gunfire-came-while-armed-officers-were-away/

Anonymous said...

"TSA officers...fled the screening area without hitting a panic button or using a landline to call for help."

So when is the employment contract with TSA a suicide pact? There are times when "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run." Obviously, quick retreat saved many lives.

MightyTravels said...

A friend of mine maintains the position that a bag with a declared firearm will never be lost and he makes sure he takes his (locked, unloaded) firearm everywhere he legally can.

Not sure if this makes sense - I never lost a bag either :)

Rod Barnhart said...

Anonymous said...

"who is tsanonymous?"

How does me using this term make my point any less valid? Anonymous showed an obvious lack of knowledge of basic functioning of our government, which, if from the US, should have been learned in high school civics at the latest. Nice misdirect, though.

Anonymous said...

"The people of America learned that the freedoms they had could not keep them safe on September 11, 2001."

That statement makes no sense. My dog didn't keep me safe either. Safety is not the purpose of freedom.

What failed Americans on 9/11 was U.S. intelligence and airline policies that required cooperation with terrorists. A history of poor U.S. foreign policy decisions is arguably a contributing factor.

"The government, ever vigilant, passed many laws that disable the flawed bill of rights. Thanks to this action in congress we all can breath easier and feel safer knowing the TSA, NSA, DHS, FBI are given the tools to make us safe and secure."

Please provide proof that ANYTHING Congress or those agencies have done has made us "safer" from terrorism.

For the record, those agencies' "vigilance" is being challenged by some very credible sources. Example: On 1/24, the executive branch's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board called for an end to the NSA mass surveillance program due to its uselessness and its violations of civil rights. See http://www.pclob.gov/SiteAssets/Pages/default/PCLOB-Report-on-the-Telephone-Records-Program.pdf.

Anonymous said...

"everyones comments should be heard"

Everyone is free to comment, but posts that offer no factual support are likely to be criticized.

Anonymous said...

Nice to know TSAnonymous employees are glad America is turning more and more into North Korea and want that silly Bill of Rights removed from the US Constitution.

Nice to know TSAnonymous employees think mental and emotional abuse is okay to foist upon innocent people.

Nice to TSAnonymous employees have given up on supporting the rights and freedom for the traveling public.

Why is it nice to know? Because the flying public knows what the screeners really think of them and can treat the screeners accordingly.

That's what you want, right BlotterBob? You and your team want to promote divisiveness and emnity between passengers and screeners, right?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

ice_01201 said...
... lets make it real easy for a terrorist, homegrown or otherwise to take over another plane? Want your family and kids there when it happens.

Hyperbole at its worst.

The risk to my family and my kids is greater in the car on the way to the airport.

And while I do not relish the idea of being the one who gets shot, I fully understand that there are, on average, 120 passengers on any given flight. Most of the firearms advertised on this blog have 9 to 17 rounds available. Even if the homegrown terrorist uses magic hollywood bullets that can make the target go flying backwards like they were hit with a tank, there are going to be 80 or more passengers and crew that are going to turn the homegrown terrorist into a fine bloody pulp that is going to take weeks to wash out the carpet completely.

In other words.... no, I do not fear guns on planes and no, I do not think terrorists are lurking behind every suitcase.

Or to really sum it up, why don't *you* drive since you are so obviously afraid of flying. Leave the sky ways to the adults who understand the risks and benefits of air travel.