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TSA Week in Review: Aug 7th - 13th - 77 Firearms Discovered (65 Loaded)

Friday, August 18, 2017
Firearms Discovered

TSA discovered 77 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 77 firearms discovered, 65 were loaded and 12 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 week. See complete lists below.

Hand Grenade

This inert grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Austin (AUS). 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. Real, inert, or anything resembling a grenade is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage.

Knives

Clockwise from the top, these knives were discovered in carry-on bags at ELP, FCA,  BWI, DEN, ABQ and BDL. While all knives are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

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*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.

If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And don’t forget to check out our top 10 most unusual finds of 2016 video!

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Comments

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

You found that purple firearm previously. Same with the dismantled revolver. Simply flipping the images isn't going to do it, you are reusing photos again. If we can't trust you with something as simple as photographs how can we trust you with something so complex as airport security?

Submitted by Fy on

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

Submitted by Your Name on

To the poster who commented on the purple gun you piqued my curiosity and I had a look back. If you compare this weeks pic with the purple gun from July 14 they are different pictures. Take a look at the ammunition, one has bullets and the other appears to be pellets or bb's.

Submitted by Co on

To Fy,
The reason they haven't addressed your weekly question about the "naked" body scanners is because they simply don't exist anymore. In 2012 the TSA got rid of the backscatter X-ray body scanners and now use the millimeter wave machines which uses software that shows the same image for all people not a naked image. The fact you don't know this makes me wonder if you are a troll or just plain ignorant.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"...If you compare this weeks pic with the purple gun from July 14"

No, it is from further back, about this same time from last year.

Same with the revolver pictured, from about this same time last year, maybe a bit more than a year ago. Google Image shows me the two images, but the earlier picture has incorrect link information because I think it is trying to go back to the Blogger platform.

Submitted by Fy on

Co, you and I both know the "gumby" image is generated from a naked body scan, making the namked body scanners naked body scanners. Meanwhile, TSA has yet to justify its decision to use a screening mechanism that guarantees invasive physical searches of thousands of people with harmless medical devices, and has a false positive rate of 100%. But by all means, argue about terminology instead.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Submitted by Your Name on Mon, 2017-08-21 16:54
To the poster who commented on the purple gun you piqued my curiosity and I had a look back. If you compare this weeks pic with the purple gun from July 14 they are different pictures. Take a look at the ammunition, one has bullets and the other appears to be pellets or bb's.
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The most recent picture shows cartridges standing on end, not BB's. Poor picture but those are complete rounds.

Submitted by Not Co on

Co, you, and everyone else, knew what was meant. And even if you didn't (how could you not?!) your reply proves the point. SOFTWARE hides the image from screeners. Under the software, the machine works the exact same way.

Submitted by Bookmanswake on

Start posting the photos and addresses of the idiots who bring guns on planes!

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

"..Start posting the photos and addresses of the idiots who bring guns on planes!"

Right after you post your full name and address.

You don't get to demand that level of information of people who have committed no crime unless you yourself are willing to first provide your information.

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Bookmanswake on Wed, 2017-08-23 10:37
Start posting the photos and addresses of the idiots who bring guns on planes!
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While we're posting photos of idiots why not some photos of the TSA screeners who are depriving babies of nourishment by confiscating breast milk. Talk about idiots!