Friday, September 18, 2015

TSA Week in Review: Record 67 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week (56 Loaded)


67 firearms discovered

A record number of 67 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. The previous record of 65 firearms was set in 2013. Of the 67 firearms discovered, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.


16 ounces of black powder

16 ounces of black powder was detected in a checked bag at Houston (IAH). Black powder (gun powder) is an explosive and is prohibited from being transported in carry-on and checked bags.

Two belt buckle knives

Two belt buckle knives were discovered this week at Hilo (ITO) and Denver (DEN).


Throwing stars
Clockwise from the top, the throwing stars were discovered in carry-on bags at YAK, DAL, MEM and BDL
Stun Guns - 19 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Nashville (BNA), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL), Charlottesville (CHO), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Denver (DEN), Easterwood (CLL), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Memphis (MEM), Myrtle Beach (MYR), Norfolk (ORF), Oakland (OAK), Pullman (PUW), Rochester (ROC), and Sacramento (SMF). 
Chart for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list

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. 

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
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