TSA Week in Review: 64 Firearms & Concealed Weapons in Canes

Friday, October 16, 2015
discovered weapons

64 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 64 firearms discovered, 55 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered replica grenade

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 replica grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag this week at Palm Beach (PBI).

Discovered stun cane

This stun cane was discovered in a traveler’s accessible property at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).

A concealed knife was discovered in a walking cane at Ontario (ONT).

A cane sword was discovered at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at JAX, JAX, JFK, BIS, RNO, PHX, MDW, PVD and SAN. All knives no matter the size are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. They may however be packed in checked baggage.

Stun Guns - 22 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags around the nation this week. Two were discovered at Chicago O’Hare (ORD), two at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), two at Fort Lauderdale (FLL), two at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Anchorage (ANC), Augusta (AGS), Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Billings (BIL), Columbus (CMH), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Jackson (JAN), Little Rock (LIT), Midway (MDW), New York Kennedy (JFK), Phoenix (PHX), and Shreveport (SHV).

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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