TSA: Please stop trying to get, or forgetting about, your loaded gun through airport checkpoints

12 January 2024- For a third year in a row, a record number of guns were found at airport checkpoints last year.

The TSA says 93% of the 6,737 firearms found at checkpoints were loaded!

An administrator said, “We are still seeing far too many firearms at TSA checkpoints, and what’s particularly concerning is the amount of them loaded, presenting an unnecessary risk to everyone at the TSA checkpoint.”

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport seized the most guns last year. 452 were found by security officials.

That is not to say you can’t bring a firearm on a flight, it just has to be checked and confirmed safe by the TSA and your airline. The TSA says you can transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed.

Importantly, firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage. Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only. Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.