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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported a record-breaking firearm seizure at airport security checkpoints throughout the United States in 2023.

According to the agency’s announcement on Wednesday, TSA agents intercepted a total of 6,737 firearms over the past year, surpassing the 2022 record of 6,542 firearms. Notably, nearly 93% of these confiscated firearms were loaded.

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TSA Administrator David Pekoske expressed concern over the high number of firearms, especially loaded ones, being brought to TSA checkpoints. He emphasized the risks such actions pose to airport security and safety. Pekoske stated, “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.”

The TSA reminded passengers of the strict regulations regarding firearms in carry-on luggage. Travelers can only transport an unloaded firearm in checked baggage, provided it is properly packed in a locked, hard-sided case and declared to the airline at check-in. Pekoske stressed the importance of adhering to these rules to ensure the safety and security of all airport users.

Individuals found in possession of a firearm at a TSA checkpoint face serious consequences. They are reported to local law enforcement and may incur civil penalties of up to $15,000. Additionally, offenders risk losing their TSA PreCheck eligibility for a minimum of five years and could be subjected to enhanced security screenings.


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