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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.

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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.

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