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TSA discovers loaded firearms at all major TN airports in one-week span

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the span of a week (April 20-27), the Transportation Security Administration discovered loaded firearms at security checkpoints in every major airport in Tennessee. 

·    4/20/2015, 5 p.m.- Memphis International Airport; loaded Ruger .380 pistol
·    4/20/2015, 4:15 p.m.- Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport; loaded Smith and Wesson .380 pistol
·    4/27/2015, 10:45 a.m.- McGhee Tyson Airport; loaded North American Arms .22 caliber revolver
·    4/27/2015, 6:30 p.m.- Tri-Cities Regional Airport; loaded Taurus .45 caliber revolver
·    4/27/2015; 7:30 p.m.- Nashville International Airport; loaded Beretta .25 caliber pistol

Additionally, two firearms (a loaded Glock 33 and Smith and Wesson .38 Special) were found in a passenger's carry-on bag at Nashville International Airport during the monring of Tuesday, April 28.

In each incident, TSA immediately alerted airport police who took possession of the bag.

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage (provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded), they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

TSA would like to remind passengers that it is important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport. 

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark J. Howell, TSA regional spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

Through March 31, TSA officers have discovered 555 firearms at checkpoints across the U.S. A total of 2,213 were discovered in 2014.

In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who bring firearms to a checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA.
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