Jan 19, 2022 - News

ATL broke the record of total guns stopped at airports last year

TSA airport checkpoint at Atlanta

Photo: Jeff Martin/AP

TSA stopped more guns at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson than at any other U.S. airport in 2021.

Driving the news: Nationwide, TSA prevented nearly 6,000 firearms from getting through airport security. It's the highest number in TSA's two-decade history.

Details: TSA stopped 507 guns at ATL in 2021, setting a single-airport record that ATL already held (323 weapons in 2019). Second place last year went to Dallas-Fort Worth with 317.

  • TSA reports 86% of the firearms were loaded. A spokesperson tells Axios the vast majority of people say they just forgot about their weapon.

The big picture: That amounts to one firearm per nearly 98,000 passengers in the country. In 2019, the statistic was one firearm per about 197,000 passengers.

  • Atlanta has been the No. 1 airport for guns stopped in eight of the last nine years.

Context: In Georgia, it is legal for someone with a gun license to carry a firearm in such public areas of commercial airports as the waiting area or driveway.

  • It is illegal to carry one past the screening checkpoint.

Of note: While the final version of Gov. Brian Kemp's gun rights expansion remains unclear, proposals currently introduced would not affect the rules at commercial airports.


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