A Record Number of Guns Seized at SAT Last Year

Seventy guns were seized in carry-on luggage at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at San Antonio International Airport in 2018. That's the most seized at SAT since the TSA was formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"It was an increase over 2017, when there were 55 found at the checkpoints," the TSA's Carrie Harmon says.

The TSA says some of the guns were loaded, and others were not. The excuse most frequently is that the passenger had carried the gun in the bag on another trip, and simply forgot it was in there.

The TSA says in addition to having the firearm seized and potenti police called, trying to take a firearm past a TSA checkpoint carries a civil penalty of $11,000.

But Harmon says the guns seized in San Antonio pales in comparison to the haul last year at DFW airport.

She says 219 firearms were seized there last yar, the second largest number at any US airport.

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