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1 in 200,000 Passengers Forgot a Gun in Carry-on

•, By Dean Weingarten

here are over 400 million private firearms in the United States, 16 million people with permits to carry firearms, and 13 states where no permit is required to carry a concealed weapon.  That less than 4,000 forgot a firearm in their carry-on is amazingly low.

That is one for every 200,000 passengers.

Just a little over 1/3 or 34.8% of the firearms had a round in the chamber. They could not have been accidentally discharged in the luggage.

TSA says 84% were "loaded", so 50% must have had rounds in the magazine, but not in the chamber.

Most of the firearms found in carry-ons were brought without the intention of doing so. TSA gives this advice:

If you're grabbing a bag, suitcase, briefcase, jacket or other item you haven't used in a while, be sure to give it the onceover so you don't accidentally take something prohibited to the checkpoint.

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