The vast majority of guns caught at TSA checkpoints are loaded.
Some travelers forget sunscreen. Others neglect to put their mail on hold or water their plants. And, for certain travelers, it completely escapes their memory that they packed loaded guns in their carry-on bags.
Forgetfulness is the most common excuse provided when Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners discover a gun at an airport security checkpoint.
In an example from just last Sunday, a Maryland resident told law enforcement officers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) that he forgot his loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun was in his carry-on luggage after TSA screeners spotted it inside the checkpoint X-ray machine. The man was cited on weapons charges and also faces a stiff federal financial penalty.
Gun-toting travelers who claim memory loss may not be putting the smartest foot forward. “If you own a firearm, you need to know where it is at all times,” said a TSA spokesperson. “The vast majority of travelers who bring guns to checkpoints claim that they forgot that they had their guns with them.”
The forgetfulness epidemic is all the more troubling given that a staggering 83% of guns caught at airport checkpoints last year were loaded…