TSA seizes record 2212 firearms in 2014

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Record number of firearms found at U.S. airports in 2014.

The Transportation Security Administration found more than 2,000 firearms at the nation’s airports last year – the overwhelming majority of them loaded, the Department of Homeland Security said today.

At Norfolk International Airport, seven firearms were discovered both years, but two were found at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport after none were found in 2013. Nationwide, the agency reported today, its security officers confiscated a record number – 2,212 – of firearms in carry-on bags at checkpoints last year. Also last year, the department said, more than 1,400 “firearm components, replica firearms, stun guns, and other similar dangerous objects were discovered” in carry-on luggage.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had 120 firearms discovered, the highest number, followed by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International which had 109. Most passengers told agents they simply forgot the weapons were inside the bags, according to the agency, which urges people to make sure they don’t try to take anything aboard an airplane inside a bag that is prohibited. Agents also stopped a 94-year-old man who tried to enter the checkpoint at New York’s LaGuardia Airport with a loaded .38-caliber revolver clipped to his belt.

Kennedy International Airport opened a checked bag for a routine inspection, they discovered many containers for household items like baby wipes, coffee, lemonade mix and a box of cat litter actually contained two disassembled .40 caliber handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and 58 bricks (33 pounds) of marijuana. Writing utensils, a highlighter and pen being carried by a Philadelphia International Airport passenger were found to be concealing small knives, as well. She had simply forgotten she had put the knife in with her food. •A hand grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at Los Angeles International Airport. Many other concealed items were discovered last year including: a razorblade in a cell phone, a saw blade in a bible, a cell phone knife case, a lipstick stun gun, a pocket knife in a potato chip bag, two rounds of .22 caliber ammo sewn into a shirt cuff and a machete concealed under the lining of bag. The agency seized more than $10 million in counterfeit Beats by Dre headphones, more than $1 million in counterfeit Gibson, Les Paul and other brand-name guitars, and more than $1 million in counterfeit soccer apparel with fake trademarks from popular teams such as Real Madrid, Celtic and Chelsea.

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