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DIA ranked 4th in nation for most firearms found in airport in 2018

Posted: 10:39 AM, Feb 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-07 14:50:39-05
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DENVER — Denver International Airport was ranked fourth in the nation for most firearms found at TSA checkpoints in 2018.

In a new report published Thursday called “ TSA Year in Review: A Record Setting 2018 ,” Transportation Security Administration authorities said staff at DIA had found 126 firearms in carry-on bags at the airport.

In 2017 , staff found 118 firearms, and they discovered 98 in 2016 , according to TSA.

DIA was ranked after Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (129 firearms found), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (219 firearms found) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (298 firearms found), which are all major airports in the United States. DIA was ranked as the No. 5 most busy U.S. airport , according to a FAA report released Monday.

Across the country, TSA found 4,239 firearms in carry-on bags, which is a new record. That averages out to about 11 a day. Of those firearms, 86.15 percent of them were loaded.

TSA can impose civil penalties up to $13,333 per violation and repeat violators will face a higher penalty.

These are the airports with the highest number of firearm discoveries in 2018:

  1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: 298 (253 loaded)
  2. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: 219 (193 loaded)
  3. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: 129 (120 loaded)
  4. Denver International Airport: 126 (95 loaded)
  5. Orlando International Airport: 123 (112 loaded)
  6. George Bush Intercontinental Airport: 117 (115 loaded)
  7. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: 96 (80 loaded)
  8. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: 93 (76 loaded)
  9. Dallas Love Field Airport: 89 (83 loaded)
  10. Nashville International Airport: 86 (80 loaded)

TSA also reported that it saw a record number of travelers in 2018 — 5.5 percent more than in 2017 — and significant security enhancements.

Ammunition and firearms are not allowed in carry-on bags, but are allowed in checked bags with special instructions. For more information on how to travel through airports with firearms, click here .