NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Transportation Security Association discovered loaded firearms at all major Tennessee airports over a one-week span.
On April 20, a loaded Ruger .380 pistol was found at the Memphis International Airport.
On that same day, a loaded Smith and Wesson .380 pistol was found at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport.
Then on April 27, three more loaded guns were at three other major airports.
In Knoxville, a loaded North American Arms .22 caliber revolver was found at the McGhee Tyson Airport.
At the Tri-Cities Regional Airport, authorities found a loaded Taurs .45 caliber pistol.
And in Nashville, agents found a loaded Beretta .25 caliber pistol.
Authorities said two more firearms, a loaded Glock 33 and a Smith and Wesson .38 special, were found in a passenger’s carry-on at the Nashville International Airport on April 28.
In each incident, the TSA immediately alerted police who took possession of the bags containing the weapons.
While firearms can be transported in checked luggage, they are prohibited in carry-ons.
Through March 31 this year, TSA officers discovered 555 firearms at checkpoints across the U.S.
A total of 2,213 were discovered in 2014.