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TSA finds 8 handguns at Memphis International

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

UPDATE: Thursday morning the TSA told FOX13 News that they found another handgun at Memphis International Airport, bringing the total number of firearms confiscated at the airport to nine.

TSA officers found the handgun in a carry-on bag.

Nine firearms were confiscated at the airport in 2012.

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Transportation Security Administration agents found a handgun at a Memphis International Airport security checkpoint last week. The gun was loaded with a round in the chamber.

TSA agents have found eight guns at Memphis International security checkpoints this year. According to TSA records, nine guns were discovered at the TSA checkpoints at the airport in 2012.
 
Bringing a gun to the airport is a serious offense. When it happens the TSA assesses fines, as much as $7,500 for a loaded gun, $3,000 if it's unloaded. The TSA then hands the case over to police.

Memphis International Airport officials say airport police will typically issue a misdemeanor or felony citation. Sometimes the traveler is arrested and the guns are destroyed.

Firearms collected at Memphis International are a small percentage of the 1,549 discovered at TSA checkpoints around the nation in 2012. The TSA assessed close to $2 million in civil fines related to those cases.

Officials say you can travel with a gun in your checked baggage if it's properly declared, but you need to check with your airline and you need to check the local gun laws at your destination.

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