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TSA seizes record number of guns from passengers in 2014

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By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times - Sunday, January 4, 2015

The TSA set a new record in 2014 for firearms confiscated from passengers trying to board airplanes, catching more than 2,000 of them, the agency said.

Worse yet, more than 70 percent of those guns were loaded and some even had a round in the chamber, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

The 2,210 guns seized in 2014 marked a 20 percent spike over 2013’s take of 1,813, and continues a trend of annual increases dating back to the middle of last decade, when just 660 guns were confiscated in 2005.

Jeff Price, an aviation security analyst in Colorado, said the problem is that more people are carrying concealed weapons every day and simply forgetting that they have a firearm when they head to the airport.

“I think a lot forget that they have them with them because they’re so used to carrying them in purses, laptop bags, on belts,” he said. “It becomes a natural extension like their phone or car keys or wallet, they literally don’t even think twice about it.”


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