TSA seizes record-high number of guns in 2014

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TSA Agents Discovered 2,212 Firearms At Airport Checkpoints In 2014.

The Transportation Security Administration seized a record-breaking number of firearms — most of which were loaded — inside carry-on luggage in 2014, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics. Seventy-eight firearms were discovered at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, 77 were found at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and 70 were removed from carry-on bags at Denver International Airport. 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. The TSA also reports that other interesting weapons — including a hand grenade, an avalanche control charge and fireworks — were found in carry-on bags last year.

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. Dallas Fort Worth was one of the top five airports for firearm discoveries last year. (Photo: Tom Pennington, Getty Images) •An 8.5-inch knife was discovered inside an enchilada a woman traveler was carrying at the Sonoma County Airport in California. TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein reminded passengers to check their personal belongings before arriving at the TSA checkpoint to ensure they do not have any prohibited items in their possession. 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.

Writing utensils, a highlighter and pen being carried by a Philadelphia International Airport passenger were found to be concealing small knives, as well. 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. 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.

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