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Soon a new record for the number of firearms found at airport checkpoints

Soon a new record for the number of firearms found at airport checkpoints

The number of weapons found at checkpoints has been on an upward trend for more than a decade, with the only drop occurring during the pandemic.

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Guns are displayed at a gun buy-back event in Los Angeles, USA
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The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is on course to set the record number of firearms intercepted at airport security checkpoints again this year, demonstrating the continuing challenges for security officials. security, while arms sales are on the rise in the United States, reported Wednesday, September 21 the New York Times.

This year, TSA agents have so far discovered more than 4,600 firearms at airport checkpoints, 87% of which were loaded, according to the administration. Last year, the TSA found nearly 6,000 weapons at checkpoints, which was already a record.

“The number of weapons found at checkpoints has been on an upward trend for more than a decade, with the only drop occurring during the pandemic“, said the New York Times.

A large number of firearms have been found at airports across the country this year as air traffic in the United States has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, the newspaper said.

“Arms sales in the country have soared in recent years, suggesting that some travelers may not be aware of the rules about carrying guns while traveling by plane.“, added the New York Times.

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