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TSA Week in Review: 64 Firearms Discovered This Week Along With Gun Powder, Concealed Items, and More

Saturday, October 24, 2015
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64 firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 64 firearms discovered, 54 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured here were discovered this week. See a complete list below.

Discovered bear repellent

A reminder about bear repellant:It’s best to buy it at your destination. Bear repellent is prohibited in the cabin of an aircraft. You can pack bear repellent in your checked bag if the volume is less than four ounces and if it has less than a two percent active ingredient of either CS or CN. Most bear repellents exceed these limitations. Three cans were discovered in carry-on bags this week at Anchorage (ANC), Bozeman (BZN) and Glacier Park (FCA).

Discovered inert 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. Two replica grenades were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Orlando (MCO) and New Orleans (MSY). The inert grenade pictured above was discovered in a checked bag at Charlotte (CLT).

Discovered gun powder and ammunition

Two pounds of gun powder and 600 rounds of ammunition were discovered this week in a checked bag at the Richmond International Airport (RIC). Black powder is never permitted, but ammunition can be packed in checked baggage as long as the proper packing guidelines are followed.

Discovered cane sword

A cane sword was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Memphis (MEM).

A pocketknife was discovered bolted under the liner of a carry-on bag at New Orleans (MSY).

A lipstick knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at Shreveport (SHV).

Discovered Marijuana concealed in a jar of peanut butter

Marijuana was discovered concealed in a jar of peanut butter in a checked bag at San Jose (SJC). As we’ve said before, we’re not looking for illegal narcotics, but we have to report them to law enforcement when discovered.



Concealed Marijuana

An aerosol can with a false bottom (concealing marijuana) was discovered in a carry-on bag at Las Vegas (LAS).

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at SLC, SAN, SAN, BZN, PHX, PVD, SAN, OAK and BUR

Discovered knives

From the top, these items were discovered at RSW, SAN and LYH

Discovered 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. This box of 25 20-gauge shotgun shells was discovered in a carry-on bag at AUS.

Table for discovered firearms in carry-on bags listIn addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

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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