- Dec 5, 2015
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The TSA screened around 75% fewer passengers last month compared with July 2019 but found guns at three-times the rate at the same rate last year.
The agency didn’t give a reason for the uptick, but Jeffrey Price, air travel safety expert and a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, said the increased rate could be driven by higher gun sales in recent months or more efficient screening with fewer passengers.
Firearm background checks totaled 3.6 million in July, up about 80% from a year ago, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The TSA last month found just over 15 guns per 1 million people screened, compared with a rate of 5.1 million guns per 1 million people. Eighty percent of the guns were loaded, TSA said.
“TSA is diligently working to ensure our employees and passengers are safe and secure while traveling during a pandemic, and yet we are noticing a significant increase in loaded firearms coming into checkpoints,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a news release. “Travelers must understand that firearms are prohibited items at airports and in the passenger cabins of aircraft. As hard as we are working to mitigate other risks at this time, no one should be introducing new ones.”
The TSA said recommended penalties for violating firearm rules start at $2,050 for an unloaded gun and $4,100 for a loaded gun.
TSA: July air travel down 75% from 2019 but gun confiscation rates triple
My recommendation for the TSA: Up the penalty for violating firearm rules: It should start at $5,000 for an unloaded gun and $10,000 for a loaded gun.
There is absolutely no reason trying to sneak a gun on a plane. Oh, I forgot! Really?