The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has stated that it anticipates confiscating 6,600 firearms by the end of the year. This is a 10% increase above the record number that was set in 2021.
According to the organization, passengers who bring firearms to airports waste a large amount of resources and incur huge financial costs. The number of firearms discovered is more than the previous record, which was set just one year ago, when 5,972 weapons were discovered.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the state of Texas had the second greatest number of recorded firearm stops, while Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, had the highest number of documented weapon stops.
There was no explanation provided as to why a greater number of persons were trying to get through security while carrying a weapon. Even if a passenger possesses a permit to carry a concealed weapon, weapons are not permitted within the passenger cabin of an airplane. Gun possession regulations in the United States differ from state to state.
If TSA agents find a weapon at a security checkpoint, they will issue a civil penalty that varies depending on the number of prior crimes and whether or not the weapon was loaded at the time. Additionally, the agency announced that it will be increasing the maximum civil penalty for a violation involving weapons from $13,910 (£11,450) to $14,950.
If the firearm is unloaded and secured inside a hard-sided case, passengers on an airline are allowed to transport it in their checked baggage. During the check-in process, passengers are required to inform airline representatives of their intention to travel with a firearm or other weapon.
According to local authorities, a member of the United States Congress named Madison Cawthorn was stopped in April while attempting to bring a gun through security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in the state of North Carolina. He was cooperative with law enforcement and admitted that the weapon was his.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported that on November 27, the Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday, it checked more than 2.5 million people across the country, which marked the largest volume since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to data obtained from the Small Arms Survey, which is a major research initiative located in Switzerland, there were an estimated 390 million firearms in circulation in the United States in the year 2018.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske in a statement on Friday said:
I applaud the work of our Transportation Security Officers who do an excellent job of preventing firearms from getting into the secure area of airports, and onboard aircraft.- TSA Administrator David Pekoske