A Record Breaking 1,855 Firearms Discovered So Far This Year

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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Loaded Firearms

As of close of business Tuesday night, a record breaking 1,855 firearms had been discovered in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints nationwide. Of those, 1,471 (79%) were loaded.

In a statement yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said: “This is an example of the good work the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security perform on behalf of the American people.”

With two months left in the year, the total number of firearms has already surpassed the 2013 total (1,813) by 42.

The top five airports for firearm discoveries are:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) - 104
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) - 90
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) - 66
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) - 62
  • Denver International (DEN) - 61

Did you know that you can pack a firearm in your checked baggage? Here’s the basics:

  • Travelers must declare all firearms to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
  • The firearm must be unloaded.
  • The firearm must be in a hard-sided container.
  • The container must be locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be pulled open with little effort are not permitted.

If you plan on traveling with a firearm, visit TSA.gov / TSA blog for all you need to know.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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