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TSA stopped 3,269 firearms at airport security checkpoints nationwide during the first half of 2024

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which has screened higher passenger volumes this summer and a record-breaking 3 million passengers on Sunday, July 7, intercepted 3,269 firearms at airport security checkpoints during the first half of 2024.

The first half of the year ended June 30 and the total represents an average 19 firearms detected per day at TSA checkpoints; more than 94% were loaded.

While the number of firearms discovered during this period last year is nearly the same at 3,251, the total number of passengers increased.

TSA has screened nearly 7% more passengers during the first half of 2024 than during the same period in 2023.

During the second quarter of 2024, TSOs screened more than 236 million passengers, compared to more than 221 million passengers in the second quarter of 2023.

In the first 8 days of July, which represents the third quarter and will be included in the October press release, Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) nationwide intercepted 166 additional firearms, bringing the total through July 8 to 3,435 firearms.

The rate of passengers with firearms during the most recent quarter was 7.5 firearms per one million passengers, which is a slight decrease from the same period in 2023, when the rate of discovery was 7.9 firearms per one million passengers.

Firearms at
checkpoints

Firearms
per day

Rate per million
passengers

Percentage
loaded

Total passengers
screened

Q2 2024

1,768

19.4

7.5

94 %

>236 million

Q2 2023

1,745

19.2

7.9

92 %

>221 million

David Pekoske, TSA Administrator said: “During a period of record-breaking travel volumes, our officers are working hard to keep our transportation systems secure and the traveling public safe, and any time they detect a firearm, there is a real safety concern for frontline employees and travellers.

“If you carry a firearm, you are required to place it unloaded and locked in a hard-sided case in your checked bag and declare it to the airline when checking in at the airline ticket counter.

“Do not bring it to the checkpoint. It is costly and delays you and everyone else traveling in the same lane with you.”

Firearms are prohibited at security checkpoints, in the secure area of an airport and in the passenger cabin of an aircraft, even if a passenger has a concealed carry permit or is in a constitutional carry jurisdiction.

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