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TSA Annual Review Reveals Agents Seized a Record 4,239 Firearms in 2018

10 February 2019

"Even if a traveler has a concealed weapon permit, firearms are not permitted to be carried onto an airplane", the release said. That's an average of about 81 guns per week or 11 per day.

Trailing behind in second place was Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with 219 and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with 129.

And what's more surprising, a record 3,656 of these found firearms - more than 86 percent of them - were found loaded.

More firearms were found in carry-on bags at DFW International Airport past year than at nearly any other airport in the country, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

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A total of almost 814 million passengers and crew members passed through TSA screening in 2018, which is a 5.5 percent increase over 2017. "You don't just happen upon that... before you hit the first person in line... just take a quick look through your bag", he added. That number was up 53 from the previous year. That number is more than double compared to the number of guns confiscated in Atlanta in 2017.

The laws regarding firearm possession vary by state, but TSA can impose civil penalties of up to $13,333 per violation for anyone caught trying to bring a weapon or other prohibited items on board.

But guns weren't the only prohibited items agents found in people's luggage.

The outlet reported that the vast majority of offenders were men who ranged in age from their 30s to their 50s, and 63 percent were white.

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Guns weren't the only prohibited items discovered at checkpoints past year.

"Oh, I'm troubled by that too". "We do everything we can to figure out why it happened". The TSA found three smoke grenades in a checked bag at Nashville's airport, an inert grenade in a carry-on bag in Las Vegas, lighter fluid in a carry-on bag in Seattle, fireworks in a carry-on bag in Orlando and five replica mortar shells that brought up an explosive response team at the same airport.

The TSA urged anyone who is unsure of what items are permissible to visit the agency's website or reach out on social media.

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TSA Annual Review Reveals Agents Seized a Record 4,239 Firearms in 2018