NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Transportation Security Administration officers at Nashville International Airport (BNA) discovered two loaded firearms at security checkpoints Tuesday morning, bringing the total detected at the airport to 170 this year.
A loaded Glock 9mm handgun was detected in a passenger’s personal belongings just after 6:30 a.m. TSA officers notified local law enforcement, who removed the firearms and the passenger from the checkpoint area.
A second firearm, a loaded Sig Sauer .380 caliber firearm, was detected in a different passenger’s carry-on bag in another incident just after 8:30 a.m.
In the last week (10/18 to 10/25), a total of eight firearms were found at Nashville International Airport security checkpoints, bringing the current total for the year to 170, and setting a new annual record for firearm detections at BNA. The previous record for BNA was 163 firearms, set in 2021.
“Since the implementation of new gun laws in the state last year, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of firearms brought to Tennessee security checkpoints,” said Steve Wood, TSA Federal Security Director for Tennessee. “Passengers must remember they’re responsible for the contents of bags and our advice is they thoroughly inspect all personal belongings to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items before coming to the airport.”
While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded), they are prohibited in carry-on bags.
Security is the first concern of the TSA, and having these items in bags that are traveling with you on the aircraft is dangerous to other travelers and can be easily mistaken as an intentional attempt to bring a prohibited item onto an aircraft.
In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement
For information on the proper way to travel with a firearm, visit https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition