TSA says record number of firearms confiscated from U.S. travelers

Image: Ben Popken/Flickr During 2012, the Transportation Security Administration confiscated…

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Image: Ben Popken/Flickr

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.

Source: Marcel Simmer for akgulian.com

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