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

Friday, September 20, 2013
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 Guns - 21 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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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

And as always not a blessed thing found with your slow, invasive, ineffective, and untested naked body scanners. You lot are pathetic.

Submitted by Anonymous on

thank you for been so diligent in finding these items to keep us safe on the airplanes.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Is there a list of the penalties assessed for attempting to bring weapons on board? I think it would be helpful to publish the prosecution numbers. Maybe that would get the word out and travelers would stop trying to bring weapons on board. Get the prosecution numbers and sentences and fines out in the press and tv and blogs and whatever. Thanks.

Submitted by Mtnwolf63 on

Good job TSA!!! Thank You for keeping our Planes & Airports Safe!!! I'm all for the Bill of Rights, but I check my copy with my Luggage!!! All the rights in the world won't help at 35,000 feet!!! I trust the pilot and crew to get us to our destination!!! Do whatever you have to do to keep violent people and dangerous devices off of planes and out of airports!!!

Submitted by Jim Huggins on

Welcome to the TSA Blog ... where the only thing TSA ever talks about is weapons found at checkpoints.

Submitted by Anonymous on

mtnwolf63, not everyone will check their rights at the airport door. Some of us expect government workers to follow the laws and Constitution.

Nothing the TSA does will keep violent people off of planes.

The TSA misses 7 "dangerous devices" for every 3 they find, so they aren't keeping them "off of planes and out of airports!!!"

All of the guns and knives listed in Bob's Weekly Blotter were not threats to aviation safety and none were carried by terrorists.

All of the guns and knives listed in Bob's Weekly Blotter were found in carry-on bags, so naked pic scanners were unnecessarily used to violate flyer's rights (y'know, the ones you packed in your checked baggage).

Bob, when are you going to post pics of the water, shampoo, food, and other items TSA employees confiscate each week? Don't you want to be complete in your report?

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Submitted by Anonymous on

Hey Bob, where's the graph showing how many comments you deleted. I believe you called it the Delete-o-Meter?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Jim Huggins said...
Welcome to the TSA Blog ... where the only thing TSA ever talks about is weapons found at checkpoints.

September 21, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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These weapons are almost always found with the old metal detector and x-ray baggage scanners that have been in use for decades. I don't see the value of the new scanners. They cost millions of dollars and seem to be less effective than the old methods.

Submitted by Spaz on

I love gambling at work

Submitted by Erudite Jarhead on

Thank you for your diligent, patriotic work and---also---for your patience with those who are ungrateful and/or have an only vaguely-related axe to grind.

Submitted by Erudite Jarhead on

From a former military policemen: Thank you for yoiur diligent, patriotic work. I am grateful that it is you who sometimes has to handle weapons... and not me.

Submitted by RB on

Bobbie, you post the same "Items Found" article week after week but never show how many tons of water, other beverages, and other harmless items that TSA confiscates every week.

Why not step up and do the honest thing and show everything TSA confiscates.

Yeah I know, asking for honesty from TSA is a reach.

Submitted by Anonymous on

The article about the gambling was pretty self-explanatory. Why would Bob need to blog about that? They broke the rules, they were discovered, they were punished. What else is there to say?

Submitted by Anonymous on

It's patriotic for force people to let you grope their genitals?

Submitted by Anonymous on

How many of these discovered were test for the security people? Hard for me to believe there are that many stupid people week to week and then not hearing about the legal issues these perople face leads me to believe the reports are test. Not complaining you understand. Would like to know how many test were run and were all discovered. Less than 100% would not be good.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"...the 4 dozen TSA workers who are in trouble for gambling..."

So some employees ran a football pool. It happens in businesses all over. Hardly criminal. Not worth firing or suspending an employee for such a small infraction of rules.

Think perspective, everyone.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Screenshot said...

The TSA misses 7 "dangerous devices" for every 3 they find, so they aren't keeping them "off of planes and out of airports!!!"

All of the guns and knives listed in Bob's Weekly Blotter were not threats to aviation safety and none were carried by terrorists.
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Ok Screenshot I would like to see your proof of your statment above.
How in the world do you know that there were not terrorists? They could have been testing the system, and TSA caught them. So show me your proof and facts. And not a threat to aviation? are you kidding me? 1 bullet or more through the cockpit into the captian and First Officer, and you have a crashing aircraft.

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...
"The article about the gambling was pretty self-explanatory. Why would Bob need to blog about that? They broke the rules, they were discovered, they were punished. What else is there to say?"

Transparency, maybe? Like it or not, Blogger Bog is a spokesperson for the TSA. Something like that breaks, he, or some other blog team member, needs to address it. By not, it has the appearance of being swept under the rug. All he really has to do is link to something the TSA has already stated publicly...

erudite jarhead said...

"Thank you for your diligent, patriotic work and---also---for your patience with those who are ungrateful and/or have an only vaguely-related axe to grind."

As a former military member, you should know your oath. Defending that oath is not some vaguely-related axe. It is the only axe that really matters.

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Anon sez - "How many of these discovered were test for the security people?"

None of the items in our weekly reports were test items. These are all items found in passenger carryons, or on their persons.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by RB on

GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "How many of these discovered were test for the security people?"

None of the items in our weekly reports were test items. These are all items found in passenger carryons, or on their persons.

West
TSA Blog Team

September 24, 2013 at 4:37 AM
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And how many tons of harmless bottles of water and other LGA items did TSA confiscate last week?


Submitted by Anonymous on

"How in the world do you know that there were not terrorists?"

Because they were not arrested and no planes were blown up?

Submitted by Anonymous on
"I'm all for the Bill of Rights, but I check my copy with my Luggage!!!"

Is that a serious statement?
Submitted by Bubba on

My post questioning why you still use full body scanners when you never catch anything dangerous using them was deleted. Shame on you.

Submitted by Susan Richart on

"Ok Screenshot I would like to see your proof of your statment above.
How in the world do you know that there were not terrorists? They could have been testing the system, and TSA caught them. So show me your proof and facts. And not a threat to aviation? are you kidding me? 1 bullet or more through the cockpit into the captian and First Officer, and you have a crashing aircraft."

You really don't know anything about the integrity of an aircraft, do you?

screenshot

Submitted by RB on

Mike Lee said...
Being a driver of Airport shuttles to LAX, I feel safer after reading about your information. Well done!

September 25, 2013 at 6:01 AM
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Driving around LA has nothing to do with what TSA is doing and "feeling safer" doesn't mean you are actually safer.

How do you feel about none of the airport workers being screened for having weapons or other prohibited items?

Seems if TSA actually wanted to be sure that the secured area was really secure those people would be screened also, but they are not screened by TSA.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I guess TSA allows spam posts if they favor TSA's disgusting policies.

Submitted by Mike Lee on

RB……… you are right that feeling safe is not being safe. But considering their work, I feel so! Moreover, every organization has weaknesses, but it doesn’t mean that you will scream at it only. Give them a chance to improve: anyway you are doing a great job by pointing their weaknesses. Well done!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Susan Richart said...
You really don't know anything about the integrity of an aircraft, do you?
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Well actually Susan I do, I have been in aircraft maintenance for 20 years. What is your background? The bulkhead is not bullet proof.

Submitted by Social Media Fo... on

We believe that we all have rights personally I believe its all gone to far. We all need to live my the law of the land / country that we live in. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled a fair bit and any country I have been to I have abided by their rules. So why do we allow people to come to our country and not abide by our rules? And when they dont why do we not just put them on the first boat home?

Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...
"Well actually Susan I do, I have been in aircraft maintenance for 20 years. What is your background? The bulkhead is not bullet proof."

You're right. But then you should also know that a bullet through the bulkhead is not going to cause catastrophic failure of the bulkhead, don't you? Which was Susan's point.

Submitted by Topper45 on

Thank you TSA, I could have been on one of those flights. There will always be the clueless and ungrateful out there that are perpetual complainers.