As I get ready to fly out to Louisville, KY for the Knob Creek machine gun shoot I’m taking extra special care to know exactly where my guns and ammo are — specifically that they’re far away from my carry-on. I do that every time I travel, but as this is the first time I’ll be flying with a firearm in my luggage I want to be confident that I didn’t forget to sweep my duffel bag one last time for any stray 9mm rounds. Apparently this week some travelers were less vigilant than they should have and queued up for the TSA checkpoint at airports across the country with handguns in their carry-on luggage. The TSA Blog has some interesting insight on the matter…
Here is a quick run-down of weapons detected and kept off planes this week:
- 10-2: TSA Officer at PBI detects a loaded .380 caliber pistol
- 10-2: TSA Officer at PIT detects a loaded .22 caliber pistol
- 10-3: TSA Officer at PDX detects a loaded .45 caliber pistol with round in chamber
- 10-4: TSA Officer at GCC detects a loaded .40 caliber pistol
- 10-4: TSA Officer at SLC detects a loaded .380 caliber pistol (USA Today)
- 10-5: TSA Officer at PHL detects a loaded .32 caliber pistol
- 10-5: TSA Officer at DAB detects a loaded 9mm pistol
- 10-5: TSA Officer at SEA-TAC detects a loaded .380 caliber pistol with round in chamber. (Seattle Times)
- 10-6: TSA Officer at DEN detects a loaded pistol with round in chamber
- 10-6: TSA Officer at MSY detects a loaded .38 caliber pistol
That’s just firearms they found this week, not including ammunition and other sundry prohibited items. The TSA Blog’s author goes on to give us the #1 explanation for firearm discoveries.
The most popular explanation we get when we find a gun is “I forgot it was in my bag.” Once a firearm is discovered, TSA takes a step back and law enforcement takes over. Depending on local laws, you could be fined or even arrested. As a gun owner myself, I’ve been around guns as long as I can remember and I think it’s crucial to know where your firearm is at all times. So…check those bags before you leave home.
The moral of the story seems to be to always know where your guns are. Douglas Adams had some insight on that I believe, something about being a hoopy frood who really knows where their guns are. Or was it towels? I can never remember…