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Amount of guns found in carry-on bags increased in 2014

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With students on a break from school this week, many families are headed to the airport.

Safety is always a concern when traveling, and security agents are confiscating a record number of weapons at security checkpoints.

From revolvers to semi-automatics, those are just some of the guns found in carry-on luggage at airport security checkpoints.

"It's baffling to us as to why people are bringing guns to checkpoints,” said Lisa Farbstein of TSA Public Affairs.

She said 2014 was a record year, with more than 2,000 firearms discovered at airport security.

That is a 22 percent increase from 2013, and authorities said they can't explain what is causing the increase.

"The most common excuse we hear is they forgot they had it with them,” Farbstein said.

Penalties can range from fines to arrests, depending on the law in that airport's city.

Federal Air Marshall Michael Pascarella said the right way is to put a firearm in a locked case.

Then, the carrier has to declare it at the airline checkout counter and fill out a form.

Then, the weapon can travel in a checked bag.

"Do your homework at home before you come to the airport,” Pascarella said.

Traveler Mike Zarlenga said he does his homework and travels the country to hunt and said airline policies differ and so do state laws for gun travel.

"You have to make sure you are going to a place that allows you to bring the type of firearm that you're bringing,” he said.

Authorities said being prepared can help guarantee a smooth trip.

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