|TSA discovered 80 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 80 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.|
|Four tubes of black powder (gun powder) were discovered in a checked bag at Sioux Falls (FSD).|
|These swords were discovered in carry-on property at SAN (Top) and ATL.|
|Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: SAT, MDW, BUR, OAJ, PVD, BIL, PHX, ABQ and DCA.|
|When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.|
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You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.
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 2015 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
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