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TSA Confiscated Record Number of Guns in 2014

By    |   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 11:12 PM

Airport security officials confiscated a record-breaking number of guns from carry-on baggage in 2014 – and most of them were loaded, the Transportation Security Administration reports.

As of Tuesday night, 1,855 firearms had been discovered in carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints nationwide. Of those, 1,471 were loaded, officials said.

"This is an example of the good work the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security perform on behalf of the American people," Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said.

The TSA fines passengers $3,000 for bringing a loaded gun into an airport, and $1,500 for an unloaded gun; about 20 percent of the passengers are arrested, The Hill reports.

"Even if a passenger isn’t arrested, one could make the conclusion that this is probably going to cost more than their roundtrip ticket," an unnamed official told The Hill.

The number of guns TSA confiscates each year has nearly tripled since 2005, when the agency collected only 660 guns at airports around the country. In 2013, the number had grown to 1,813 weapons The Hill reports.

According to the TSA, the top five airports for firearms confiscations were Dallas/Fort Worth International, wIth 104 seizures; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, with 90 confiscations; Phoenix Sky Harbor International, with 66 found; Houston George Bush Intercontinental, with 62 discovered, and Denver International, with 61 seizures.

The range of weapons taken during checkpoint searches included a replica Roman dagger, a Samurai sword and a replica of a land mine, the TSA noted.

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