TSA intercepted 3,269 firearms at airport security checkpoints across the country in the first half of 2024

TSA intercepted 3,269 firearms at airport security checkpoints across the country in the first half of 2024

TSA screens record number of travelers; gun detections nearly identical

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which screened higher passenger volumes this summer and a record 3 million passengers on Sunday July 7thintercepted 3,269 firearms at airport security checkpoints in the first half of 2024. The first half of the year ended June 30th and the total represents an average of 19 firearms detected per day at TSA checkpoints; more than 94% were loaded.

While the number of firearms discovered during the same period last year is nearly the same, at 3,251, the total number of passengers has increased. TSA screened nearly 7% more passengers in the first half of 2024 than in the same period in 2023. In the second quarter of 2024, TSOs screened more than 236 million passengers, compared to more than 221 million passengers in the second quarter of 2023.

During the first 8 days of July, which represents the third quarter and will be included in the October press release, Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) nationwide intercepted an additional 166 firearms, bringing the total to July 8 to 3,435 firearms. The rate of passengers with firearms in the last quarter was 7.5 firearms per million passengers, which is a slight decrease from the same period in 2023, when the discovery rate was 7.9 firearms per million passengers.

Firearms at

Fire arms
per day

Rate per million


Total number of passengers

Q2 2024





>236 million

Q2 2023





>221 million

“During this time of record travel volumes, our officers are working hard to keep our transportation systems and travelers safe. Every time they detect a firearm, there is a real safety issue for frontline employees and travelers,” the TSA administrator said. David Pekoske“If you are carrying a firearm, you must place it unloaded and locked in a hard case in your checked baggage and declare it to the airline when you check in at the airline ticket counter. Do not bring it through the security checkpoint. It is expensive and delays you and everyone else traveling in the same lane as you.”

TSA encourages airline passengers to #PreparePackDeclare and learn proper packing procedures before arriving at the airport. Passengers may travel with a firearm, but it must be:

  • Secured in passenger’s checked baggage
  • Packed unloaded
  • Enclosed in a hard case
  • Declared to the airline when checking in baggage at the airline ticket counter

Firearms are prohibited at security checkpoints, in the secure area of ​​an airport, and in the passenger cabin of an aircraft, even if the passenger holds a concealed carry permit or is in a constitutionally authorized gun jurisdiction. When traveling internationally, airline passengers should be aware of the laws of the foreign destination, which may prohibit traveling with firearms and carry significant criminal penalties.

As a reminder, TSA does not confiscate or seize firearms. If a passenger brings a firearm through the security checkpoint on their person or in their carry-on bag, the officer will contact local law enforcement to safely unload and take possession of the firearm. Law enforcement may also arrest or cite the passenger, depending on local law. TSA may impose a civil penalty of up to nearly $15,000and for the first offense, passengers who bring a firearm through a security checkpoint will lose their TSA PreCheck® eligibility for five years.

For more information on how to properly travel with a firearm, visit the Transporting Firearms and Ammunition page on TSA.gov. For a full list of penalties, visit TSA.gov.

SOURCE Transportation Security Administration