11 Guns Confiscated at Reno-Tahoe Airport in 2013

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO -- Eleven guns were confiscated at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in 2013, ranking the airport 29th in the nation for seizures. The data is based on the information on the Transportation Security Administration's blog. The TSA said it considers the information preliminary, but confirmed 11 guns were confiscated last year in Reno.

"Three-million passengers come through the airport every year so you have to put those 11 guns in that perspective," airport spokesperson Brian Kulpin said.

McCarran International in Las Vegas had the tenth most confiscated guns -- 39. Atlanta had the most taken -- 110.

"You hope people are educated but here we are a decade after 9-11 where people are still maybe starting to forget a little bit about security and what they can bring through," Kulpin said.

The TSA issued the following statement:

"Firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage. However, these items can be transported in checked baggage provided the traveler declares them to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
Firearms in checked baggage must be unloaded and stored in a locked, hard-sided container. TSA urges passengers to contact their airline for specific firearm and ammunition policies and to check local laws related to the carrying and transport of firearms.
In addition to facing local or state criminal charges, TSA will levy a civil penalty against a passenger who brings a firearm to the security checkpoint. The recommended civil penalty ranges from $3,000 to $7,500. Each penalty is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
TSA reminds passengers to be aware of the contents of their carry-on bag prior to coming to the security checkpoint. TSA has multiple resources available to passengers to help them determine whether an item is permitted in carry-on baggage, checked baggage or not at all. For more information, visit www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items or use TSA's mobile app - myTSA.
The myTSA app allows a traveler to enter the name of an item and the app will provide information on how to transport that item on board an aircraft. You can download myTSA app on iTunes or Google Play. The same information can also be accessed via any web browser at www.tsa.gov/mobile."

Unloaded guns in hard cases may be carried in checked bags, but the TSA said it is up to passengers to check with airlines and know all relevant laws.

The TSA said it is up to local authorities to determine what to do with confiscated guns.

Based on the blog information, more than 18-hundred guns were confiscated at America's airports, which more than 80 percent discovered loaded. The figures were a twenty percent increase from 2012. To view the study, go to Hot Topics.


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