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TSA Sets Record by Confiscating 67 Guns in a Week

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 24, 2015

TSA Sets Record by Confiscating 67 Guns in a Week

The Transportation Security Administration announced that the organization had confiscated a record number of firearms earlier this month across the United States.

From Sept. 6 through Sept. 12, TSA agents working all over America discovered 67 firearms, with 56 of those weapons being loaded and 26 having a round in the chamber. The previous high discovered in one week was 65 firearms in 2013.

Despite the record number of confiscations taking place around the remembrance of Sept 11, some travelers are still not getting the memo about airport rules and regulations. To help people fully understand the severity of the situation, the organization’s official blog shared some vital information for travelers:

“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.”

The official Twitter account of TSA shared an image showing several of the firearms confiscated:

TSA’s blog also pointed out that traveling with firearms is not illegal, but storing them properly and safely makes all the difference.

Passengers who wish to travel with a gun need to declare it to the airline ahead of time, properly store the weapon unloaded in the proper container and put it in a bag that will be checked. No firearms or ammunition can be brought onto an aircraft via carry-on luggage.

For those still having a difficult time figuring the rules out, TSA was kind enough to dedicate an entire page of its website to transporting firearms and ammunition.

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