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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Discovered Firearms

TSA discovered 150 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 150 firearms discovered, 128 were loaded and 53 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers bringing firearms to the checkpoint can be arrested and fined up to $11,000. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms in checked baggage. All of the firearms pictured were discovered over the last two weeks. See complete lists below.

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Inert Hand Grenades

One inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Nashville (BNA) and two were discovered in checked bags at Des Moines (DSM) and Syracuse (SYR). We don’t know grenades are inert until our explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation.

Knives, Swords, Hatchets, Throwing Star

Top - Bottom / L - R: These knives were discovered in carry-on bags at SBP, SAV, RIC, LAX, IAH, ABQ, CLE, DTW, BUF, BUR, FAI, SAT and ELP. While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

Gun Powder

Gun powder is never permitted on an aircraft. There were two instances this week where travelers packed gun powder in their checked bags. Five 1-pound bottles were discovered in a bag at Boise (BOI), and one 1-pound bottle was discovered in a bag at Ketchikan (KTN).

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.

Firearm Discovery Spreadsheet
Firearm Discovery Spreadsheet

*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.

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. 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.

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