AUSTIN - The Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it has found seven firearms in September at security screening checkpoints at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
According to the TSA, said the seven firearms found in September bring the total for the year to 47, which exceeds the number of firearms found at ABIA checkpoints in 2015. If a gun is found, APD takes possession of the weapon and then a determination is made about any possible criminal charges.
According to TSA rules, firearms, ammunition, firearm parts, and realistic replica guns are not allowed in carry-on bags. Firearms can be carried in checked bags, if declared to the airline, are unloaded, and packed in a locked, hard-sided case.
The number of firearms found at ABIA nearly doubled from 23 in 2014 to 44 in 2015. Nationwide, TSA officers have found more than 2,200 firearms at airport checkpoints in 2016. Last year, TSA found 2,653 firearms which was a 20 percent increase over 2014.
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