Record number of guns confiscated at Atlanta airport in May

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FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2014 file photo, confiscated fake guns are displayed during a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) news conference at John. F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Federal officials say a record number of airline passengers were caught last year trying to take guns on planes, and most of the weapons were […]

 A record-breaking number of guns was confiscated at Atlanta’s airport last month.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mark Howell said 30 guns were found at security checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in May, more than previously discovered at a single airport nationwide in a single month.

When a gun is discovered, TSA calls in the Atlanta Police Department to take over. Howell said “80 to 90 percent of the time, the gun is loaded.”

In 2014, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the “Safe Carry Protection Act” into law, expanding where people can carry guns in Georgia. Gun owners can bring guns into an airport up to the security checkpoint.

Howell said “people are so used to having guns with them all the time.”

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