The TSA (Transportation Security Authority) broke a new record late last month, when they discovered 21 hidden firearms in carry-ons across the country, many of them loaded. This broke the previous record, which was 18 found in one day. All together last week there was 79 different firearms discovered.
In addition to the guns, TSA also found a replica suicide vest, claymore mine, at least a dozen knives, live smoke grenade, and a stun cane, among others.
One of the passengers was “was an explosives ordnance disposal contractor and the items are used as training aids,” according to the TSA. Despite having these items for work, the TSA reminds people that firearms may be put in checked luggage, if it is declared to the airline. If it is illegal, or not registered, not declared, the TSA will end up having to issue a fine.
Most travelers received a fine, but it depends on the state’s firearm laws. Some may receive penalties up to $11,000.
From the TSA blog:
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.
You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.
Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
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. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000. 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.
*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.