When the weapon is located, the job of the TSA ends said the agency’s external communications director
January 2, 2013 – During 2012, the Transportation Security Administration confiscated over 1,500 firearms in U.S. airports that travelers were attempting to take on board their airplane. As of last Friday, the gun tally for the TSA was 1,527 firearms of which 1,295 of them were loaded. Officials said that by the end of 2012 the tally should total 1,550 or more.
When the weapon is located, the job of the TSA ends said the agency’s external communications director. David Castelveter said the agency does not have arresting authority nor detention authorities. If a passenger passes through security with a firearm, the procedure is to immediately call the local authorities. Some states will tell the passengers they have to take the firearm back home, while others takes passengers immediately to jail.
The number of arrests made for the firearms is not logged by the TSA. Castelveter said the police do not always keep the TSA apprised of the number of arrests, indictments and or convictions.
During the last six months of 2012, there has been a big increase in the amount of gun activity versus the first half of the year. Close to 700 guns were found in that time, with over 170 being loaded with rounds already in their chamber.
Texas had five airports in the top 11 for number of gun confiscations, while Florida had two airports. The Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is where the most guns were confiscation of any airport in the country.
Travelers are reminded that passengers, regardless if they own a concealed weapon permit, cannot board a plane with a weapon. Airport officials recommend that passengers do not risk arriving at the airport with a loaded weapon for their own safety and that of the rest of the passengers.