BWI on pace to break 2016 record for number of firearms found inside carry-on bags at security

19 guns discovered so far in 2017

LINTHICUM, Md. - Every day TSA officers screen more than 2-million travelers at airports across the country.  But not everyone is following the rules.

In 2016, 3,391 guns were pulled from passenger's bags before they made it on a plane, and 86% of those were loaded.

"Just knowing that there's that many weapons readily available in with us is a little frightening," said Rebecca Cosgrove.

At BWI the numbers have been on the rise since 2013.  Jumping from 13 guns that year to 24 in 2016.  Every single one flagged at security checkpoints.

In the first six-months of 2017, a total of 19 firearms were caught.  Another year on pace to set a record.

"That's crazy, I mean they have these security things in place hopefully they would catch at least a couple of those guns," Derrick Reed said.

"There's plenty of signage and they should take responsibility for their firearms," said Caitlin Rayman.

Travelers pass multiple signs on the way through security listing prohibited items, and guns are right at the top.  However, when the x-ray machine picks up the weapon, we're told most people claim they forgot it was there.  An excuse that doesn’t fly with the TSA.

"I think it's a little ridiculous,” Cosgrove said.  “Hopefully you know if you're carrying something dangerous with you, especially if it's a loaded weapon."

"My opinion, I don't know how you can mistakenly put that there, but I can't speak for them, I can only speak for myself," said Reed.

"I think responsible gun owners know that when and where their weapon is at all times," Cosgrove said.

If you're caught with a gun in your carry-on bag you could face criminal charges and a hefty fine.

Passengers are allowed to travel with weapons.  The items must be packed in your checked luggage, be unloaded, properly stored and you have to notify the airline.

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