TSA Week in Review - 34 Firearms Discovered This Week (28 Loaded)

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Friday, August 8, 2014
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Fully-loaded firearm in carry-on bag at Kalamazoo (AZO)

34 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 34 firearms, 28 were loaded and nine had rounds chambered. See more photos at the bottom of this post.

Remember: Pay close attention to the items in your bag and on your body. This week a known traveler, who is enrolled in TSA Pre✓®, was cited after it was discovered he had a concealed weapon when he walked through the metal detector. Travelers may be disqualified from TSA Pre✓® expedited screening due to violations of security regulations (i.e., a firearm discovered at the checkpoint).

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items - It is important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure prohibited items are not inside.If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by local law enforcement.

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

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 many other prohibited items too numerous to note. See some prohibited items collected from airports nationwide (below):

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  • Cat-shaped brass knuckles discovered in carry-on bag at Dallas (DAL)
  • Baton found in carry-on bag at Detroit (DTW)
  • Throwing knives discovered in carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Pellet gun discovered in carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX)
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Airsoft rifle discovered in carry-on bag at Sacramento (SMF)

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Replica firearm found in carry-on bag in Las Vegas (LAS)

Stun Guns - 12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation, including:

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Stun Gun discovered in carry-on bag at Billings (BIL)

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Various Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list

*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 $7,500. 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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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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