There were 1,549 firearms discovered at TSA checkpoints nationwide in 2012. TSA has found 10 guns at Memphis International Airport this year and six at McGhee Tyson.
TSA officers discovered loaded firearms at two airports in Tennessee yesterday.
Late yesterday morning, a loaded .32 pistol was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag at McGhee Tyson Airport. Airport police were alerted and cited the passenger.
Last night, a loaded .380 pistol was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag at Memphis International Airport. Airport police were alerted and cited the passenger.
Weapons, including guns, are not permitted in carry-on baggage. The TSA says passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint, and TSA's advice to passengers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.
Passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face a civil penalty from TSA.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
*Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.