Just in time for holiday travel, the Biden Administration’s Transportation Security Administration has announced an increased maximum civil penalty for firearms violations. 

Citing an all-time high in the number of firearms uncovered at the persistent TSA checkpoints at more than 400 airports around the country, the Homeland Security agency has raised the new maximum penalty for unchecked guns discovered to $14,950, up from $10,000. The TSA said in a statement that it has stopped TSA has stopped 6,301 firearms so far this year at checkpoints and in secure areas, surpassing 2021's previous record of 5,972 guns. 

The penalty is for undeclared firearms, not those checked as baggage in compliance with TSA regulations. 

 

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"Firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags at the checkpoint and onboard aircraft," said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. "When a passenger brings a firearm to the checkpoint, this consumes significant security resources and poses a potential threat to transportation security, in addition to being very costly for the passenger."

Pekoske's office noted the number of firearms recovered has grown significantly over the past decade, from just 1,500 in 2012 to almost 6,000 so far this year. 

 

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Graph: TSA.

 

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