How many firearms did TSA find at airport checkpoints in 2019?

It’s a number we anxiously wait for each year.

And it’s a number that sadly keeps going up.

In its annual Year in Review, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today shared the tally of the number of firearms its officers found at airport checkpoints around the country all last year.

The total: an alarming and record-setting 4,432 firearms were found at airport security checkpoints in 2019.

That’s an average of 85.2 firearms per week, or 12.1 firearms per day.

It’s also a 5% increase the 4,239 firearms discovered at airport checkpoints in 2018.

Here are some more stats from TSA’s 2019 firearm finds:

*Of the 4,432 firearms found, 3,863 were found loaded. And1,507 of those firearms had a round loaded.

*TSA found guns at 278 of the country’s 440 federalized airports, but firearms showed up more often at some airport than others.

Here are the Top Ten Airports where the most firearms were found:

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 323. That’s 25 more firearms than were found at ATL in 2018
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 217
  3. Denver International Airport (DEN): 140
  4. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 138
  5. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 132
  6. Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL): 103
  7. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 100
  8. Nashville International Airport (BNA): 97
  9. Orlando International Airport (MCO): 96
  10. Tampa International Airport (TPA): 87

For the record, firearms aren’t allowed past airport security checkpoints. But TSA says many firearms owners say “Oops, I forgot that was in my bag,” when their weapons are found at the airport.

Being caught with a gun at the airport can get you arrested, fined more than $13,000 per violation and cause you to lose your TSA Precheck status, should you have that.

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2 thoughts on “How many firearms did TSA find at airport checkpoints in 2019?

  1. DaninMCI says:

    It all sounds crazy but it is really easy to be a legal concealed carry license holder and rush to the airport to forget you had your handgun in your backpack or purse. In the state I live in we even have “constitutional carry” which doesn’t even require a license to carry a concealed handgun. I travel about 50/50 by car/plane and will not put my handgun in my travel bag because I know one day I’ll forget it is in my bag and rush to the airport. My wife also is a 50/50 road warrior who actually travels to some really dangerous and also very rural areas. She also can’t carry on a plane to provide for her own protection which is a right in the USA. In addition, the TSA only finds a small percentage of guns that are carried on. So imagine if they even found 50% which would be a very high number for them. That means that there are thousands of guns carried on planes every year in the USA with no issues. Oh, and Ken is wrong. Canada does find firearms at airport security. In fact, they even find a lot that are brought into the country from the USA that somehow escaped the TSA security theater.

  2. Ken says:

    In Canada we had 0 guns recorded, but a record number of drunks going through Pre Board Screening.

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