TSA 2-Weeks in Review Mar 20th - April 2nd: 112 Loaded Firearms in Carry-on Bags over Last Two Weeks

Friday, April 7, 2017

TSA discovered 136 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 136 firearms discovered, 112 were loaded and 41had a round chambered. All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last two weeks. See a complete list below.


From left to right, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at: LGA, OAK, DEN, MDW, MYR, BNA, ABQ and ABQ. While knives are not allowed in carry-on bags, you may pack them in your checked luggage.

TSA discovered 136 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 136 firearms discovered, 112 were loaded and 41 had a round chambered.In 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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