Rise in firearms seen at TSA checkpoints in airports

Rise in firearms seen at TSA checkpoints in airports

(FOX19) - Federal transportation officials say more firearms are showing up at airport checkpoints in Ohio and around the country, and most have been loaded.

Last week, the TSA Blog reported finding 34 firearms, 28 were loaded.

Through June this year nine firearms have been found at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, that's two more than what the TSA found at CVG in 2013.

Jim Irvine, President of Buckeye Firearms Association is also a pilot and says the increase comes from the stress of flying.

"Under stress people revert to their habits. So if your habit is my firearm is underneath this bag under my computer, that's where it's going to end up and you are not going to think about it," said Irvine.

Through June, TSA has detected 1,025 firearms at checkpoints nationwide, a 25-percent increase over the same point in 2013.

Eighty-four percent of the firearms found last year were loaded. So far this year, 90 percent have been loaded.

TSA spokesman, Mark Howell, says people found with the weapons state they didn't realize they had them inside their luggage.

The Atlanta airport ranked the highest last year, with 111 firearms found. So far this year Atlanta and the Dallas/Fort Worth airport is tied with 46 firearms confiscated by TSA.

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