BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Transportation Security Administration officers found 30 handguns at Baltimore and DC area airports in 2020.
It’s a notable decrease from 2019, when 60 guns were caught at the three airports — Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport. But that would be expected as the coronavirus pandemic affected air travel in 2020.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 932 New Cases Reported, 11 More Deaths
Each firearm was discovered when TSA officers were doing routine screenings of carry-on bags at the airport security checkpoints.
Nationwide, TSA found 3,257 firearms on passengers or their carry-on bags in 2020. That number fell by 500 from 2019. Eighty-three percent of the guns found were loaded.
Travelers who bring firearms to security checkpoints are subject to criminal charges and civil penalties from TSA of up to $13,669.
Typically a first offense would carry a $4,100 fine.
“Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition,” TSA officials said in a press release. “Ammunition must be in its original box and can be packed inside the hard-side case, next to the firearm. Even if the box of ammunition is not full, the bullets must be in their original case.”READ MORE: 'An Incredible Therapy' | Hagerstown Doctor Says Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Provides Fast Recoveries For Some COVID Patients
TSA firearms catches at airport checkpoints in the Baltimore/Washington region, 2016 to 2020:
|Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport||21||26||22||27||13|
|Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport||19||13||16||14||10|
|Washington Dulles International Airport||24||19||17||19||7|
|Top 10 Airports with guns caught by TSA at checkpoints in 2020|
|1||Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)||220|
|2||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)||176|
|3||Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)||126|
|4||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)||124|
|5||Denver International Airport (DEN)||104|
|6||Nashville International Airport (BNA)||94|
|7||Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)||87|
|8||Orlando International Airport (MCO)||79|
|9||Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS)||72|
|10||Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)||71|
National statistics: Firearms caught
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