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TSA Two-Weeks In Review - 165 Firearms Discovered In Carry-on Bags Over the Last Two-Weeks

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
TSA officers discovered 165 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 165 firearms discovered, 144 were loaded and 56 had a round chambered.

TSA officers discovered 165 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 165 firearms discovered, 144 were loaded and 56 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.

Checkpoint and checked baggage screening acts as a deterrent to keep those with ill will from attempting to cause catastrophic damage to an aircraft.

From left to right,  these items were discovered over the last two weeks in carry-on bags at ABE, BUR, DEN, IAH and SNA. While all of these items are prohibited in carry-on bags, they may be packed in checked baggage.

From left to right,  these items were discovered over the last two weeks in carry-on bags at ABE, BUR, DEN, IAH and SNA. While all of these 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 officers discovered 165 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 165 firearms discovered, 144 were loaded and 56 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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TSA officers discovered 165 firearms over the last two weeks in carry-on bags around the nation. Of the 165 firearms discovered, 144 were loaded and 56 had a round chambered.

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

Hello. I am curious why if someone is caught with a handgun in a Carry-on they aren’t banned from airplane travel.

Submitted by RB on

OK, so TSA found 165 firearms over a two week period from about 28 million travelers (approx 2 million travelers per day times 14 days). Bob, you seem to report numbers so as a percentage how many travelers out of that 28 million had a firearm? How many of those 165 firearm carrying travelers were charged with a terrorism related crime?

Submitted by Mf 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

Anon sez - "Hello. I am curious why if someone is caught with a handgun in a Carry-on they aren’t banned from airplane travel."

While Firearms are regulated more closely than other items in terms of flying with them, the local laws and LEOs are the final voice on criminal actions. TSA has more of a regulatory role in these situations, levying fines in some cases involving firearms, explosives, and some other items. Banning from an airport, would be determined by the local airport in conjunction with local LEOs. An airline could ban an individual if they chose to, but, I have not heard of it being a consistent practice because an individual had a firearm in their carry-on bag.

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Submitted by Dan on

165 Firearms were found at airports in the USA. Are you sure they weren't from Air Marshals

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by RB on Thu, 2017-10-12 13:49
OK, so TSA found 165 firearms over a two week period from about 28 million travelers (approx 2 million travelers per day times 14 days). Bob, you seem to report numbers so as a percentage how many travelers out of that 28 million had a firearm? How many of those 165 firearm carrying travelers were charged with a terrorism related crime?
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Crickets from TSA......again as usual.

So what is it Bobbie, are you just too important to communicate with mere citizens or think you are above any accountability for your statements?

The question was fair.