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Here are all the guns confiscated by TSA at airports Dec. 10-16

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By Justin Rohrlich
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

During the week of Dec. 10, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the federal agency created after 9/11 to keep America’s airports safe, discovered 78 firearms that travelers were attempting to get past screening checkpoints. The guns were primarily 9mm semi-automatics, with a smattering of .38s, .22s, and .40-caliber Glocks. The TSA reports that 63 of the weapons were loaded, and 28 had a round chambered.

The overall tally for 2018 won’t be finalized for another few days, but if the historical trend line holds, it should be another record-setting year for guns confiscated at US airports.

In 2017, TSA agents intercepted 3,957 firearms at 239 airports across the country, averaging 76.1 guns per week, or 10.8 per day. Of those, 3,324 (84%) were loaded, and 1,378 (34.8%) had a round chambered. The record that year for the most guns found in a one-month period came in August at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with 29. A one-day record for the most firearms discovered was set on May 3, when 26 guns—21 of them loaded—were found at 15 airports.

The yearly haul marked a 16.7% increase from the record set in 2016, when the TSA discovered 3,391 guns in travelers’ carry-on bags at airport checkpoints. Of those, 2,815 (83%) were loaded. In 2015, TSA agents found 2,653 undeclared firearms, up from 2,212 the year before. On June 4, 2014, a then-one-day record was set when 18 guns were discovered at airports around the country, breaking the previous year’s record of 13.

In 2013, TSA agents discovered 1,813 firearms while screening travelers, or roughly five per day. In Houston, a passenger attempted to slip two guns past security by wrapping them in newspaper and hiding them inside a box of laundry detergent. In Miami, agents found seven undeclared firearms inside a toolbox, a shotgun was discovered in a golf bag in Detroit, and someone tried to hide a .45 caliber pistol and four magazines in a cassette deck.

The number of guns intercepted that year was up more than 16% from the year before, when 1,556 guns were caught—one stashed in a potted plant (Portland, Oregon), one disassembled and concealed inside three stuffed animals (Providence, Rhode Island), and one hidden inside a hollowed-out book (Honolulu, Hawaii). And so on and so on.

According to the TSA, “most passengers simply state they forgot they had a gun in their bag.” That was also the excuse given by a 76-year-old man who was caught with a loaded .380 pistol strapped to his ankle as he passed through a body scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in 2011.

Flying with a (properly registered) firearm is perfectly legal, as long as it’s in your checked baggage. However, bringing it through a TSA security checkpoint can bring fines of up to $13,333 plus possible criminal referral. Aggravating factors include one’s past violation history, the violator’s attitude during the encounter (including the nature of any corrective action taken by the alleged violator), fraud, intentional falsification, and “artful concealment.”

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Here is a listing of all the weapons confiscated during a single week in December, per the TSA.

12/10/2018
TPA
.32
Other
Yes
No
12/10/2018
STL
.380
Taurus
Yes
Yes
12/10/2018
RDU
.38
Other
Yes
No
12/10/2018
PIE
.22
Derringer
Yes
No
12/10/2018
PHX
9mm
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/10/2018
PHL
.40
Glock
No
N/A
12/10/2018
MSY
9mm
Kahr
Yes
Yes
12/10/2018
MFR
.25
Colt
No
N/A
12/10/2018
LEX
9mm
Beretta
No
N/A
12/10/2018
LAS
.38
Taurus
Yes
Yes
12/10/2018
IAH
.40
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/10/2018
HOU
.380
Kel-Tec
Yes
No
12/10/2018
FLL
.380
Smith & Wesson
Yes
Yes
12/10/2018
DSM
9mm
Ruger
No
N/A
12/10/2018
DAL
9mm
Smith & Wesson
Yes
Yes
12/10/2018
ATL
.40
Glock
Yes
No
12/10/2018
ATL
.380
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/11/2018
TUL
.22
Ruger
Yes
No
12/11/2018
SEA
.380
Ruger
Yes
No
12/11/2018
SEA
.25
Other
Yes
No
12/11/2018
LFT
.380
Ruger
Yes
No
12/11/2018
DTW
9mm
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/11/2018
DFW
9mm
Sig Sauer
Yes
Yes
12/11/2018
DAL
9mm
Glock
No
N/A
12/11/2018
DAL
.380
Diamondback
Yes
No
12/11/2018
CRW
.380
Lorcin
No
N/A
12/11/2018
CRW
.38
Smith & Wesson
Yes
N/A
12/11/2018
CLT
.40
Glock
Yes
No
12/11/2018
BOS
9mm
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/11/2018
ATL
.380
Bersa
Yes
No
12/12/2018
SFB
9mm
Ruger
Yes
Yes
12/12/2018
RNO
.22
Derringer
No
N/A
12/12/2018
PIT
9mm
Glock
Yes
No
12/12/2018
PHX
.380
Taurus
Yes
N/A
12/12/2018
MTJ
.380
Smith & Wesson
Yes
No
12/12/2018
MEM
9mm
Glock
Yes
No
12/12/2018
MCI
9mm
Other
No
N/A
12/12/2018
LAX
.40
Sig Sauer
Yes
No
12/12/2018
DFW
9mm
Smith & Wesson
Yes
No
12/12/2018
CHA
.45
Springfield
Yes
No
12/12/2018
AUS
.380
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/12/2018
ATL
9mm
Ruger
Yes
Yes
12/12/2018
ATL
.380
Ruger
Yes
Yes
12/12/2018
ATL
.38
Derringer
No
N/A
12/13/2018
SLC
.380
Ruger
Yes
No
12/13/2018
PIT
9mm
Walther
Yes
No
12/13/2018
ORD
.40
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/13/2018
MIA
9mm
Sig Sauer
Yes
Yes
12/13/2018
MFE
.380
Ruger
Yes
No
12/13/2018
MEM
9mm
Taurus
Yes
No
12/13/2018
MCI
.38
Ruger
Yes
N/A
12/13/2018
JAN
.380
Kel-Tec
Yes
Yes
12/13/2018
HOU
9mm
Sig Sauer
Yes
Yes
12/13/2018
HOU
.380
Glock
Yes
No
12/13/2018
GRR
9mm
Other
No
N/A
12/13/2018
DFW
.22
Davis Industries
No
N/A
12/13/2018
CLT
9mm
Sig Sauer
Yes
No
12/13/2018
BUR
.380
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/14/2018
RDU
9mm
Springfield
No
N/A
12/14/2018
PHX
9mm
Glock
Yes
Yes
12/14/2018
MYR
.380
Ruger
No
N/A
12/14/2018
DAB
9mm
Ruger
Yes
No
12/14/2018
AZA
.380
Ruger
Yes
No
12/14/2018
ATL
9mm
Taurus
Yes
No
12/14/2018
ATL
.380
Ruger
No
N/A
12/15/2018
PNS
.40
Smith & Wesson
Yes
Yes
12/15/2018
PHX
9mm
Smith & Wesson
Yes
No
12/15/2018
DFW
.380
Ruger
Yes
Yes
12/16/2018
TYS
.380
Smith & Wesson
Yes
Yes
12/16/2018
SAT
9mm
Springfield
Yes
Yes
12/16/2018
RNO
9mm
Springfield
Yes
Yes
12/16/2018
PIT
9mm
Glock
No
N/A
12/16/2018
ORD
9mm
Sig Sauer
Yes
Yes
12/16/2018
MDW
9mm
Sig Sauer
Yes
Yes
12/16/2018
DAL
9mm
Sig Sauer
Yes
No
12/16/2018
COS
.22
Ruger
Yes
No
12/16/2018
BNA
.380
Ruger
Yes
No
12/16/2018
ATL
9mm
Ruger
Yes
No

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