TSA Week in Review: June 10th - 16th - 61 Firearms Discovered in Carry-on Bags This Week (51 Loaded)

Friday, June 17, 2016
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Sixty-one firearms were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 61 firearms discovered, 51 were loaded and 21 had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered last week. See a complete list below.

Discovered knives

All of these knives were discovered in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).

Discovered knives

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered at: SLC, DAL, ORD, RDU, ORD, PHX and ORD.

Discovered fireworks

These were discovered in a carry-on bag at Charleston (CHS). All fireworks are strictly prohibited in both carry-on and checked bags.

Discovered ammunition in a power supply

150 rounds of 9mm ammunition were discovered concealed in a power supply in a checked bag. Ammunition is permitted in checked baggage when packed properly.

Discovered an axe under the lining and wedged between the handle mechanisum of a carry-on bag

This axe was discovered concealed under the lining and wedged between the handle mechanism of a carry-on bag at Tampa (TPA).

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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