Record number of guns taken from Atlanta airport passengers
ATLANTA (AP) – Federal authorities say more guns have been seized at security checkpoints in Atlanta’s airport during 2018 than at any other airport in the nation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that nearly 300 firearms have been found this year at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. That means it has set a record even before 2018 ends.
Last year, a record 245 guns were discovered at Atlanta’s airport.
Atlanta’s airport has held the No. 1 spot in the nation for guns uncovered at checkpoints for the past two years.
Authorities say 293 firearms have been found in carry-on bags and as improperly packed or undeclared guns in checked luggage so far this year in Atlanta. The Transportation Security Administration says that on average, 80 to 90 percent of the weapons are loaded.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
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