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TSA discovered 269 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation from June 25th through July 15th. Of the 269 firearms discovered, 235 were loaded and 85 had a round chambered. Firearm possession laws...

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4 hours 5 min ago Image from the TSA Instagram account with the following caption: Guns and knives are not allowed in carry-on bags. From June 25th to July 15th (3 weeks), 269 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags. Follow the link in our profile and head on over to the TSA blog for more details on all 269 firearms. tsa.gov/blog
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While firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags, you can pack them in your checked baggage as long as you meet the packing guidelines at TSA.gov. Some airline’s policies may differ from TSA’s. We strongly suggest travelers contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
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As a refresher, carry-on bags go into the cabin of the plane with you. Checked bags go into the cargo hold of the plane where passengers have no access.
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Please note that conceal carry permits do not apply to commercial aircraft.
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When firearms are discovered at the checkpoint, we contact law enforcement and they decide what happens to the traveler based on background checks, interviews and local laws.
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A firearm at the checkpoint could lead to fines, arrests, missed flights or all of the above. TSA does not confiscate any firearms. The responding Law Enforcement Officers take control of the firearm. If you’re curious as to what happens to the firearms, you would need to contact local law enforcement.
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As far as knives and other prohibited items, they are usually transferred to another federal agency without reimbursement, donated or abandoned or destroyed. Typically the items are donated to state surplus agencies for their sale or disposal, in which case the state keeps any profit from sales of those items. You may want to check with the  surplus agency in your state at: bit.ly/gsapropertyforsale Comments20 Guns and knives are not allowed in carry-on bags. From June 25th to July 15th (3 weeks), 269 firearms were discovered in...