Amount of handguns found at Buffalo airport’s TSA checkpoints more than doubled in 2018

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The amount of handguns found by the TSA at Buffalo Niagara International Airport checkpoints more than doubled from 2017 to 2018.

This follows an upward trend seen across the country, but is unlike other airports in upstate New York.

At airports in Albany, Rochester and Syracuse, less guns were found in 2018 compared to the year prior.

In the Buffalo airport, three guns were found at TSA checkpoints in 2017, but that number increased by four in 2018.

When viewing statistics from 2008 to 2018, the amount of guns found at TSA checkpoints across the country increased every year. Last year, the number was 4,239 — nearly 300 more than 2017.

The weapons were found in carry-on bags at an average of about 11.6 guns per day.

86 percent of these guns were loaded, and almost 34 percent had a bullet in the chamber.

Firearms are not permitted to be carried on airplanes, and anyone who tries to bring them on can face criminal charges and civil penalties.

Typically, a first offense can result in a $3,900 fine. Travelers with proper permits for their firearms can legally travel with them in their checked bags if they follow guidelines.

Find more information on prohibited items here.

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