Some of the guns found at US airports in 2012
More than 1,500 firearms were discovered by screeners at airport checkpoints in the USA in 2012The figure is up on 2011 when 1,320 firearms were found. Many of the weapons were loaded, and some even had rounds in the chamber, the TSA said.Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport found the most, with 80 guns being found in the first 11 months of the year.Dallas/Fort Worth International found 75 firearms, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport discovered 50, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston uncovered 48, and Denver International Airport found 36.“We do assume that the vast majority of weapons that come through are from people who didn't know they couldn't carry them on or were not aware they were in the bag,” TSA spokesman, David Castelveter, told CNN.“They can be permitted to take the weapon back to their car and come back. But if it is illegal, then it is confiscated by law enforcement.”In the US, guns are permitted in checked baggage in a locked, hard-sided container.They must be unloaded and declared to the airline, and passengers must follow local gun laws.Guns, ammunition, and firearm parts cannot be carried on the plane.
Eight of the 10 grenades found at US airports in DecemberThe TSA blog also reveals that security officials are continuing to find inert grenades in passengers’ hand luggage.Passengers also tried to take 40 stun guns through checkpoints in the first week of December, the blog said.The next week, a walking cane with a sword inside was found, and in the week before Christmas, a spear gun was discovered.
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