Statistics show more people carrying guns into airports - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Statistics show more people carrying guns into airports

The TSA reported a recent increase in attempts to bring guns on planes at airports across the country and in May seized a record number of weapons in one week.

TSA officials said more guns are being intercepted at security checkpoints and in the past six months, more than 900 firearms have been seized at airports throughout the nation.

In May, the TSA seized 65 firearms in one week with 45 of them loaded and 15 with bullets in the chamber and ready to be fired. This was a TSA all-time record for most firearms seized in one week.

"It just doesn't make any sense to me that you would try to bring something through that you know they're going to check," said Kathleen Mruk, a Connecticut resident.

On Wednesday morning, Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks had a scare of their own when a bag carrying a laser, shaped like a gun, passed through the X-ray machine.

The laser looked so realistic that TSA agents contacted Connecticut State Police. The man was eventually allowed to board his flight, but he could face other consequences for trying to bring a prohibited item on board.

"I'm surprised," said Carle Mowell, a Connecticut resident. "I think that with the new laws and consciousness about guns, there would be many fewer."

The most common reason people say they carry guns into airport security is that they "forgot the guns were there."

So far this year, three firearms were seized at Bradley Airport. TSA officials told Eyewitness News that they will continue carefully screening passengers and reminding them they could face many fines for carrying a firearm through airport security.

According to the TSA website, travelers "may only transport unloaded firearms in a locked, hard-sided container in or as a checked bag." Firearms are not allowed in carry-on baggage.

The TSA also requires firearms in checked bags to be properly stowed and reported to the airline.

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