CVG sees increase in guns at security checkpoints

Items that had been confiscated at CVG this year were shown at a press conference Friday. (FOX19)
Items that had been confiscated at CVG this year were shown at a press conference Friday. (FOX19)

HEBRON, KY (FOX19) - The number of guns being seized at security checkpoints nationwide is on the rise, including at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

10 firearms have been found at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at CVG so far this year, according to TSA Regional Spokesperson Mark Howell. Seven firearms were found in 2013.

The spike at CVG reflects a nationwide trend, with the TSA reporting a 25 percent increase of firearms confiscated at security since 2013. Howell says 1,400 guns have been found this year and 90 percent of them were loaded.

"We don't want to infringe on anyone's right to take a firearm with them on a trip, we just don't want it in the cabin of the aircraft," Howell said at a press conference Friday.

The TSA requires guns be packed unloaded in a locked, hard-side case and inside a checked bag. Owners must declare to the airline that they are carrying a firearm in their checked baggage.

A menagerie of items confiscated from carry-on bags at CVG were displayed Friday at a TSA press conference aimed to remind flyers of items that cannot be taken on board.

Among the more obvious items confiscated by CVG officials were lighters, nun chucks, batons, replicas of weapons and knives.

Fred Augustin, a CVG supervisor, showed off the more obscure items that had been confiscated, which included a bowling pin, 35 pound kettle-bell weight, and a knife concealed in a lip stick tube.

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