Many of 73 confiscated firearms were loaded or had one in the chamber.
The Transportation Security Administration was kept quite busy last week as a record 73 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags.
The TSA posted photos and a breakdown of the caliber and airport locations handguns were discovered in during their record week in review online blog post along with a compiled image of some of the seized firearms.
It’s not illegal to take a firearm on board an airplane, it just has to be unloaded and in a locked hard-side container. And guns are only permitted as checked baggage. But it still doesn’t stop people from attempting to take firearms in as carry-on luggage.
TSA officials are discovering firearms and other crazy prohibited items in carry-on bags more often than you might think. The previous record stood for only six months. That was when officials confiscated 68 firearms last October.
In another interesting statistic from last week’s record, 68 of the confiscated firearms were loaded when they were discovered. An additional 27 had a round in the chamber.
To their credit, the TSA notes in the blog post, not every one of the 73 firearms confiscated last week may have been brought intentionally or for nefarious means. “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,” the post said. “In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.”
Accidents happen, but having your firearm found by security is one that’s pretty easily avoidable. The pros outweigh the cons when it comes to double-checking your carry-on bags before heading to the airport.
“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,” the post reads. “The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000.”
In case you’re wondering, the TSA has some helpful information posted online to help you with legally flying with your firearms so you can avoid these situations!