The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) released new statistics highlighting the shocking growth in gun finds at airports across the country. According to their numbers, nearly 1 passenger for every 100,000 or so screened tries to sneak a gun through instead of properly checking it. One airport, in particular, leads the pack by a huge margin.
You did it, Georgia. You finally did it. Yup, you landed top of the heap on something. In this case, it was for the most gun finds of any US airport in 2021. That’s right, the State of Georgia and specifically Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had more guns by a wide margin than any other US airport in 2021.
And 2021 was a record-breaking year for gun finds across the entire country with nearly 6,000 guns detected, up from ~3200 in 2020 and ~4400 in 2019, according to WTOP News.
According to the latest numbers released by the TSA, the total number of guns detected in the passenger screening area was 5,942 guns with 542 of them coming from Georgia and 507 of them directly from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Approximately 1 passenger out of every 97,999 passengers is trying to bring a gun through security and around 80% of them are loaded. Georgia doubles the national rates with 1 handgun found for every 40,470 passengers screened. Gulp.
Dallas Fort Worth’s Airport (DFW) came in second with a big haul of 317 weapons followed by Houston’s IAH with 245 guns.
Traveling with a firearm is completely doable, but travelers have to follow specific rules, and checking the firearm is a must. Failure to do so will result in criminal charges and a fine of over $13k.
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