(WASHINGTON) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration found more firearms in luggage at U.S. airports through the first 10 months of 2014 than in any full year since 2005.
In a statement, Johnson notes that 1.8 million people are screened by TSA officers each day. Through October, 1,855 firearms were found in carry-on luggage of individuals about to board an aircraft. A shocking 1,471 of those firearms were loaded.
Even just within the last week, Johnson’s statement says that the TSA found 41 firearms, 16 stun guns, four replica grenades, a cane sword and a box cutter in luggage.
The previous record for firearms found in luggage in a single year was 1,813 in 2013. The total number of firearms found by TSA has increased every year since 2008.
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