TSA on pace to collect record number of firearms

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is on pace to collect a record number of firearms, confiscating nearly 4,000 firearms from travelers in 2017, surpassing a record set last year by nearly 15 percent.

TSA publishes on its blog a weekly tally of weapons found. As of Christmas Eve, 3,888 firearms had been discovered on passengers at U.S. airport checkpoints for the year.

The three airports that have led the nation in the most guns uncovered are:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston

Both Texas and Georgia allow people to openly carry handguns with a permit.

Most of the guns were found in carry-on bags, but some have been concealed in stuffed animals, potted plants, and mixed in with tools, according to the TSA.

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