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TSA Week in Review: September 11th - 17th - 84 Firearms Discovered (69 Loaded)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
TSA discovered 84 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 69 were loaded and 15 had a round chambered.

TSA discovered 84 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 69 were loaded and 15 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.

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at TPA, SBP, IAH, PVD, HNL & DEN.

Clockwise from the top, these items were discovered in carry-on bags at TPA, SBP, IAH, PVD, HNL & DEN. While all knives and sharp bladed items 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.

TSA discovered 84 firearms over the last week in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 84 firearms discovered, 69 were loaded and 15 had a round chambered. *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 Kd 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 Chip In Florida on

First question... how many of these advertised finds were from the big fancy scanners?

Second question... Your comment makes no sense. Specifically "...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. " Why would anyone need to familiarize themselves with anything if the fine is up to 11K regardless of where you are? The local laws would seem to be irrelevant once you get to your choke....check point.

Submitted by RB on

Another Cut and Paste submission this week. Why do you even bother Bobbie?

Submitted by Harry on

It is encouraging to see the TSA has been effective at intercepting firearms. However, in light of the frequent discover of lethal firearms, it seems prudent to ensure the safety of Americans before those firearms reach the TSA by passing more stringent, common sense gun-laws. Eliminating loopholes that allow practically anyone to purchase firearms seems ludicrous in this day and age. Nevertheless, with firearms being so ubiquitous it is encouraging to see effective TSA enforcement.

Submitted by Greg on

Thank you TSA for preventing people to carry axes on board. How can anybody "forget" it in their bag?

Submitted by Kd 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 West Cooper on

Chip in Florida sez - "Second question... Your comment makes no sense. Specifically "...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. " Why would anyone need to familiarize themselves with anything if the fine is up to 11K regardless of where you are? The local laws would seem to be irrelevant once you get to your choke....check point."

I see what you did there! The simple fact is, some locations have different laws pertaining to the transport of firearms and ammunition. Some airports have specific requirements that they require prior to bringing firearms inside the terminal. A suggestion to check the local laws and/or airport specific regulations/policies is a prudent communication to put out to the public. I mean, it would really be terrible to do everything right at your departure airport, and then run afoul of a local law, or regulation, or policy of the airport as you are checking your items upon arrival (some airports may have policies that would generate quality time with Johnny/Janey Law if you violate them).

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Submitted by Tom V on

It is so simple, do NOT bring a firearm when you fly, period. Also, check your carryon, backpack, whatever to ensure you do not have a firearm. Very simple, why can't people figure this out.

Submitted by S Richart on

Where's my comment dated September 22, 2017, West? It did not violate the TOS.

Submitted by CDM on

Interesting blog and surprising information. One question: How come the traveler is not pictured with the weapon in your blog photos? In this day in age, and with the increase year-over-year in gun seizures at airports, based on 2012 - 2014 data, it seems that the fines are not working (that or the TSA is getting better at finding guns). Either way, naming and shaming would be an effective, cost efficient way of highlighting the importance of being a responsible gun owner. Same would apply to folks who pack inert or live grenades, flash bombs, and other highly inappropriate articles. It is naïve to think that folks just "whoops" forgot or did not realize that these items are not allowed. Hence, a more public response to the issue seems appropriate.