U.S. House panel debates record number of guns found at airport checkpoints

Fewer guns confiscated at Eppley in 2020

By: - February 16, 2022 5:00 am

Last year, TSA officers detected 5,972 firearms at checkpoints, up from the previous record of 4,432 in 2019. The problem is not new. In 2003, the agency displayed some of the thousands of items they had confiscated at JFK Airport, including shell casings, fake revolvers and a machete. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Shutt
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