Number of guns seized from airports on the rise

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

kvue.com

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 7:21 PM

AUSTIN -- The number of guns seized from airports is on the rise nationwide, according to a study conducted by the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative.

Last year the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reported a 20 percent increase in gun seizures since 2012. In 2013, a total of 1,828 guns were confiscated across the nation.

The increase in seized handguns is the third largest annual jump since 2010.

When guns are seized at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, TSA turns them over to the Austin Police Department. It is illegal to carry a handgun aboard a commercial airliner, but security officers say passengers are allowed to travel with a gun in their checked baggage.

Of the guns seized, 84 percent were loaded.

Austin is number 16 in the nation for airport gun seizures, with 27 guns confiscated last year.

 

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