Daily Record Set on Firearms Seized at Airports

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While U.S. airports have been breaking records for the volume of passengers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been breaking records for the volume of firearms that security officers find on passengers and in their carry-on luggage, the Los Angeles Times reports. Last year, TSA agents seized 3,391 firearms at the nation’s airports, a 28 percent increase from 2015. That’s an average of nine firearms a day. Now, the the agency has set a new record. On Feb. 23, agents at various airports uncovered 21 firearms, breaking the previous one-day high of 18 firearms found on June 4, 2014.

A breakdown of the weapons and the places they were found points to no obvious pattern. The guns were uncovered in small airports like Asheville, N.C., and at big hubs, including Washington’s Dulles International Airport. Nine of the firearms were 9-millimeter handguns, and all but one were loaded. TSA agents turn the firearms and the passengers over to local police. Officials say TSA already has launched a concerted effort to educate travelers about the laws that forbid fliers from bringing any weapons or replica weapons into an airplane cabin.

 

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