The TSA found a record amount of weapons in Logan this year



Officers detected 28 firearms at Logan airport security checkpoints in 2022. The previous record was 20 firearms in 2018.

TSA agents detected this loaded .38 Special, along with six rounds, in a woman’s purse on December 8. Transportation Security Administration

The Transportation Security Administration detected more firearms at Logan Airport in 2022 than any previous year, the agency said.

The announcement comes after TSA agents stopped two Massachusetts residents from carrying firearms on planes last week.

In total, TSA agents have found 28 firearms at security checkpoints in Logan this year. This is the new record, the agency said. The previous record was from 2018, when officers detected 20 firearms throughout the year. They found 18 firearms in 2019, 11 firearms in 2020, and 18 firearms in 2021.

“Once again, our officers are preventing loaded firearms from entering the secure area of ​​the airport,” Bob Allison, TSA Federal Director of Security for Massachusetts, said in a statement. “Carelessly traveling with a loaded firearm is dangerous and a public safety issue, as it could accidentally be discharged during a search. Gun owners should make sure they know where their firearms are before going to the airport.

On the morning of Dec. 8, TSA agents detected a gun in a woman’s purse as she attempted to pass through Terminal C security. State Police troopers from Massachusetts responded and found a pink .38 Special loaded. The woman told police she was in a hurry and forgot to put the gun in a safe at home, according to the TSA. The police confiscated the weapon and issued a summons to the woman.

The next morning, December 9, TSA agents again detected a loaded weapon in Logan. MSP soldiers found a loaded .380 caliber firearm in a man’s carry-on, the TSA said. The man, a Massachusetts resident, was unable to provide a license to carry the weapon and was arrested.

A total of 42 firearms have been detected at TSA checkpoints across New England this year, the agency said. Last year, TSA agents detected 40 firearms at New England checkpoints.

In addition to the 28 found at Logan in 2022, five firearms were found at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, three were found at TF Green International Airport in Providence, three were found at Bangor, two were found at Portland International Jetport and one was found at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

The TSA may impose civil penalties on travelers who have firearms or parts of weapons with them at security checkpoints. A typical first offense for transporting a loaded gun to a checkpoint costs $3,000. Extenuating circumstances can increase that amount to as much as $15,000, the agency said.

These penalties can be applied to people with a concealed carry permit, as these documents do not allow firearms to be carried on planes. TSA Precheck members will lose their privileges if caught carrying a firearm inappropriately.

Firearms can be carried in checked baggage, the TSA said, if the guns are unloaded, packed separately from ammunition in a locked hard case, and declared at the airline’s check-in counter.

More information on how to carry firearms can be found on the TSA website.



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