10 guns found in 19 days at DIA checkpoints in October

Posted at 10:33 AM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 00:11:49-04

DENVER -- Ten firearms were found in carry-on bags in the first 19 days of October at Denver International Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The reports issued by TSA this month showed four of the guns were loaded, two were not. Information was not released on the other four firearms.

A passenger caught with a firearm can be ticketed, arrested and may face a fine of up to $11,000, according to TSA.

In 2015, 90 firearms were confiscated at the security screening checkpoints at DIA, according to TSA.

DIA was No. 4 in the nation in 2015 for the most firearms confiscated by TSA agents, after Dallas, Atlanta and Houston.

Last year, by the end of September, screeners at DIA had found 77 firearms at DIA's checkpoints. This year, by the end of September, that number had dropped to 66.

Travelers are allowed to take firearms with them, but they must be unloaded, locked in a hard-sided container and placed in checked luggage. They are not allowed in a carry-on.

Learn more about what is allowed on the TSA's website.


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