More guns found at Nashville airport this year than in 2015

Courtesy: Transportation Security Administration
Courtesy: Transportation Security Administration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As of Thursday, Transportation Security Administration officers at the Nashville International Airport said have discovered 60 firearms at security checkpoints this year, surpassing last year’s total of 59.

The 60th firearm of the year was found on Thursday in a passenger’s carry-on bag. TSA agents alerted airport police, took possession of the bag and arrested the passenger.

Officials said the increase in firearms at security checkpoints isn’t specific to Nashville. More than 2,400 guns have been found nationwide through September.

Last year, a total of 2,653 guns were found at U.S. airport checkpoints, which was up from 2,212 in 2014.

Firearms may be transported in checked baggage if they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

For more information on prohibited items, click here.