TSA confiscates record number of guns at Atlanta, U.S. airports

A record-number of firearms were caught by the Transportation Security Administration at security checkpoints at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, TSA announced.
Overall, more guns were intercepted at more airports than anytime in history, with the majority being confiscated at the Dallas, Houston and Atlanta airports. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) was No. 1, with the ATL closely behind at No. 2.
A total of 153 guns were found at Dallas/Fort Worth airport security checkpoints in 2015.
Across the country, a total of 2,653 guns were discovered in carry-on bags — an average of seven per day. The number has risen every year since 2007..
The TSA announced Thursday that it discovered a record number of firearms at airport checkpoints in 2015 — 2,653 in all — a 20 percent increase from the previous year. More than four out of five guns found (or about 83 percent) were loaded
The number of guns confiscated in airports has been steadily on the rise since 2005, when only 660 guns were discovered in carry-on luggage.
One theory for this disturbing and disquieting trend is this: it is possible that Americans are taking advantage of looser gun laws enacted in many states. For instance, Texas recently passed an open-carry law that will allow guns in churches, theaters, stores, and restaurants, and firearms are now allowed in airports and bars in Georgia. Concealed carry is legal in every single state provided the gun owner meets certain requirements


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