Record high year for TSA screenings and gun discoveries

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The Transportation Security Agency released stats for 2014 showing its busiest year on record and most guns discovered, the agency announced over the weekend.

Out of the more than 653 million passenger screenings performed throughout the year, TSA officers found 2,212 firearms in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country — up 399, or 22 percent, from 2013.

Guns were discovered at 224 airports, but the top 10 airports for gun catches include:

  1. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 120
  2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 109
  3. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 78
  4. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 77
  5. Denver International Airport (DEN): 70
  6. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): 50
  7. Tampa International Airport (TPA): 49
  8. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 49
  9. Nashville International Airport (BNA): 48
  10. Orlando International Airport (MCO): 47

Although the final tally is in, the TSA actually broke the record for most guns found 10 month into 2014. By the end of the first of week of November, the TSA found 1,855 guns.

According to TSA guidelines, travelers can transport firearms, but they need to be unloaded, locked in a hard case, and checked as baggage only. Failure to follow the guidelines could result in an $11,000 fine.