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TSA Expects Record Number of Firearm Interceptions at Security Checkpoints in 2023

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In the first three quarters of 2023, officials with the TSA have intercepted over 5,000 firearms at airport security checkpoints.


At this current rate, the agency expects to surpass last year’s record of over 6,500 firearms from getting onboard aircraft. In the third quarter alone Transportation Security Officers stopped 1,820 guns at checkpoints, a total representing an average of 19.8 firearms per day at TSA checkpoints, of which more than 94% were loaded. Passengers may travel with a gun, but it must be in their checked baggage, unloaded in a locked hard-side case, and must be declared to the airline when checking the bag at the ticket counter.

A passenger who brings a firearm to a TSA checkpoint may face arrest or citation from local law enforcement depending on local law. The TSA may also impose a civil penalty of up to almost $15,000, and a passenger presenting with a gun at a security checkpoint will lose TSA PreCheck eligibility for five years.

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