TSA catches record number of firearms at airport security last year


The TSA says it caught a record number of firearms at airport security checkpoints last year.

Officials say more than 2,000 guns were discovered in 2014, a 22% increase from 2013. Penalties can range from fines to arrests, depending on the law in that airport’s city. One federal air marshal says the right way is to put your firearm is in a locked case.  You have to declare it at the airline checkout counter and fill out a form. The weapon can then travel in your checked baggage.

When the TSA discovers a gun at a checkpoint, the gun is then turned over to local police. Of the more than 2,000 firearms caught at checkpoints last year, 83% were loaded.

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