|53 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 53 firearms, 42 were loaded and 17 had rounds chambered. This firearm was discovered in a carry-on bag at RDU.|
- An inert replica grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Newark (EWR).
|An inert anti-tank projectile was discovered in a checked bag at Tulsa (TUL).|
- A stun cane was discovered in a carry-on bag at Oklahoma City (OKC).
- A credit card knife was detected under the insole of a shoe at San Antonio (SAT).
|A D-size battery with a screw-off top was discovered at Tulsa (TUL). A small amount of marijuana was inside of the battery.|
|Counterclockwise from the top, these knives were discovered at IAH, ORF, SAN, MCO, ORD, ORD, IAH, PHX, LAX, SAN, and EWR.|
|Spear Gun (SLC), Bear Mace (SLC), Bottle Rockets (LAS), Nunchucks (OAK)|
|Daggers in zip-up folder (TUS), Knuckle Knife (MCO), Throwing Star (DAL), Throwing Knives (ORD)|
|All of these items were discovered in one carry-on bag at SLC.|
Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.
|Clockwise from top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at ORD, BNA, EWN, MIA, MCI, ISN, and ABY.|
|Clockwise from top left, these loaded firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at DAL, TUL, and MSY|
*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.
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.
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