Loaded guns found in all major Tenn. airports in 1-week period

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.

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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.

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