Simple Flying
Andrew Curran

The year is not yet over, but already gun seizures at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints are at record highs. As of October 3, TSA officers had stopped 4,495 airline passengers from carrying firearms onto their flight this year.

Last week, TSA officers at Washington’s Dulles International Airport stopped a man from bringing his loaded gun onto his flight. The 9-millimeter handgun was loaded with seven bullets, including one bullet in the chamber. Over 80% of the firearms seized at airport checkpoints are loaded.

The previous record for gun seizures was 2019 when the TSA seized 4,432 firearms at checkpoints across the full calendar year. The current record high is despite fewer people traveling this year than in 2019.

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