OMG! A Gun! At an Airport! OMG!

Forgot to remove your carry gun before heading to the airport? It’s a Poco Crazy Love deal. For example, TSA at MIA and FLL: 35 Guns, a Chainsaw, and a Cannonball Confiscated. That was in one week. So when I read [via washingtonpost.com] that “Albuquerque airport officials say the second-in-command of New Mexico’s domestic security agency was caught trying to bring a loaded gun through a security checkpoint,” I could only wonder A) Who cares? and B) Who cares? I mean really, who cares? Except those of us who think we should be allowed to carry our guns on airplanes. And those people who almost did so inadvertently, got caught and didn’t get a pass. [Click here for the police report.]

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  1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

    Wow. Now TSA is claiming that the shell (as in, EMPTY) of an 18th-century cannonball is “explosively viable”. What I wouldn’t give for a time machine to allow me to go back to late 2001 and tell our elected representatives, “Stop and think, for once in your miserable lives.”

    1. avatar Geek says:

      Actually, old solid cast iron cannon balls (brought up from the ocean) can explode under certain conditions due to chemical reactions.

      http://www.bigsiteofamazingfacts.com/why-do-old-cast-iron-cannonballs-brought-up-from-the-sea-sometimes-explode-and-what-causes-the-oxidization

      With that said, the TSA is just fearful of anyone with balls in general.

  2. avatar Joe says:

    I still find it funny that someone forgot he had a cannonball in his carry on…

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Is that a cannonball in your pocket or are you glad to……….

      Never mind.

    2. avatar Bob says:

      A cannonball is an inert chunk of metal. Without a cannon, it is completely harmless, and I’m sure he didn’t have a cannon in his luggage too. He didn’t forget about it. He knew it wasn’t a weapon.

      TSA agents can be such idiots. I had a TSA agent break off the nail file on my nail clippers. It was less than 1 inch long and had a not very sharp point at one end. I complained and another agent agreed with the first agent. A ball point pen is much more of a weapon than a nail file on a set of nail clippers! But no, they were told that all nail files must be confiscated, so that is exactly what they were doing. IDIOTS!

      1. avatar Fyrewerx says:

        Did you ever drop one of those suckers on your foot? Ouch!

  3. avatar Aharon says:

    “the second-in-command of New Mexico’s domestic security agency was caught trying to bring a loaded gun through a security checkpoint”

    Well, I certainly hope they also gave such a shady character a full body cavity search to ensure that there weren’t any box cutters hidden up there.

    1. avatar RobertM says:

      I want to see the head of the TSA get one of those checks. So the can experence the full check he puts us though. Maybe he can reconsider the abuse he put travailers though.

      Thanks
      Robert

  4. avatar Edwin Herdman says:

    Don’t forget that printer cartridges are explosively viable too!

    “As more time has passed and 9/11 is not as vivid a memory, the trend [of people bringing banned items to airports] is escalating.” What’s also passing from memory is the knee-jerk political response that created the TSA’s increased role in the first place.

    $184M worth of unused scanning equipment in storage…it’d be neat to know if that was up to spec or obsolete, but in any case, they probably shouldn’t be sitting on that much. Could be spares across a number of airports, but damn! Sounds about right, though; not surprised at that level of waste.

    You can tack on probably billions of dollars for the Intelligence Community as well. There’s nearly a million Americans with top secret clearances.

  5. avatar ST says:

    Knowing how incompetent TSA is as a whole, if they seized 34 firearms then probably hundreds of armed folks nationwide made it onto their planes without notice.Ill bet a dirty secret of our so-called security system is that millions of paying customers have walked through airport security with deadly weapons and got away clean. For obvious reasons its not a stat anyone wants to discuss.

  6. avatar Bob says:

    It shouldn’t be a crime to be human.

  7. avatar Bob says:

    So they let her go with only a citation? What if it was a non-government person? Wouldn’t it have resulted in an arrest and subsequent revocation of CC license?

  8. avatar Ralph says:

    Anyone can forget a fueled-up chainsaw in their carry-on toiletries bag — it’s happened to me and lemme tell ya, was my face red! Fortunately, the TSA agent who busted me was a former lumberjack and she cut me some slack.

    1. avatar Double A.D. says:

      Was she pretty and did you get “wood”?

  9. avatar GS650G says:

    I need to make sure my AR-10 isn’t in my computer bag the next time I travel, or my 870 either. If I leave 500 rounds of ammo in the bag with it the weight might remind me.

  10. avatar g says:

    Cannonball? Maybe he was bringing to go bowling for “Talk like a Pirate Day”.

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