TSA Week in Review: 45 Firearms, Gun Powder and Concealed Items

Friday, October 9, 2015
discovered weapons

45 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 45 firearms discovered, 37 were loaded and four had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered container of gun powder

This container of gun powder was discovered in a checked bag at Denver (DEN). Gun powder is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags.

Discovered inert grenades

We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. 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 respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them onboard the aircraft. This novelty grenade was discovered in a checked bag this week at Honolulu (HNL).

Discovered concealed knife

This concealed knife was discovered tucked between a belt and shirt during a pat-down after a Denver (DEN) traveler alarmed during advanced imaging technology screening.

Discovered key knife

This key knife was discovered at Erie (ERI).

Discovered concealed multi-tool in flashflight

A multi-tool was detected inside this flashlight's battery compartment at New Orleans (MSY).

Discovered ice pick in walking cane

An ice pick was detected in this walking cane at Sacramento (SMF).

Stun Guns - 20 Stun guns were discovered this week around the nation in carry-on bags. Three were discovered at Baltimore (BWI), two at Columbus (CMH), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Albany (ALB), Anchorage (ANC), Atlanta (ATL), Billings (BIL), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Erie (ERI), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Gainesville (GNV), Kahului (OGG), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN) and San Jose (SJC).

Discovered throwing knives and knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at SEA, LAS, BWI, PHX, BNA and FLL

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.

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags list

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.

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