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TSA Week in Review: A Record Breaking 73 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week - 68 Loaded

Friday, April 22, 2016
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A record breaking seventy-three firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 73 firearms discovered, 68 were loaded and 27 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below. The previous record of 68 firearms was set in October of 2015.

Discovered two replica military rounds

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 on board the aircraft. Two replica military rounds (pictured) were discovered in a checked bag at Tucson (TUS).

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at the following airports: MGW, JFK, JFK, BWI, BNA, PVD and BWI

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. The ammunition pictured was discovered in a checked bag at HYS.

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.

Read our 2015 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


Submitted by Fix The TSA on

West, we'll you only post links to official TSA press releases when requested by citizens? The blog team will never independently post a TSA press release or link on this blog without insistence from the American public?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Wrong, Bold TSApologist. You don't know TSA policy like you always claim. The container must not be largeer than 3.4oz. It doesn't matter if the liquids amount is under 3.4oz, if the container holds more, it is routinely confiscated by TSA screeners.
Sorry Sir, you are incorrect. If a larger container is deemed to be mostly empty on precheck, it is allowed.
You guys really need to do your research before coming on here and sounding like...
Well, you need to make sure you know what you're talking about. Perhaps rather than criticizing TSA employees all day long, you should talk to them and see what you can learn from them. Most of them are great people willing to give you proper and accurate information. After all, when you know the rules, their jobs become easier and those hated lines go faster.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Boldy posted "... If a larger container is deemed to be mostly empty on precheck, it is allowed.

Well, you might allow it through on your shift but that isn't the same as saying a mostly empty container is ok to go. The nice Agent with the blue gloves screaming at people in line the whole hour I was in line said sixteen times that if the container is more than three ounces take it out of the bag now and throw it way or put it in checked baggage because it will not be allowed through no exceptions.

After all, when you make up the rules as you go along, no one takes you seriously and you lose credibility faster.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Boldy, many, many times people have clearly stated that TSA screeners have confiscated their liquids that were in larger containers, even if the liquid amount is less than 3.4 oz.

The rule, as stated by screeners is that the bottle size MUST be 3.4oz or less.

If your friend or family member who is a TSA screener lets you through with larger bottles, that is not the norm.

Submitted by Fix The TSA on

Hey Boldy, read your department's website:

Submitted by Vicki Nikolaidis on

Thanks for the update, it is always a shock. Transportation security people are at high risk it looks like to me.