Jan 18, 2023 - News

BNA sees another record year of gun discoveries

Airports with the most firearms discovered by TSA in 2022
Data: TSA; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

Gun discoveries at Nashville International Airport continued to climb in 2022, with TSA officials reporting 213 firearms found at security checkpoints.

  • That's a new all-time for BNA, and eclipses 2021's total of 163 firearms.

Why it matters: Guns discovered in carry-ons can slow down security lines and result in civil and criminal penalties.

  • BNA ranked fourth nationally among airports with the most gun discoveries, per TSA.

Between the lines: Tennessee lawmakers have worked for years to expand access to firearms across the state, but federal rules still bar them from airplane carry-ons.

Zoom out: The TSA discovered 6,542 firearms in carry-on luggage nationwide and reported that 88% of them were loaded.

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