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Reports of firearm discoveries double at Louisville International Airport

A gun confiscated from the airport. (Source: TSA) A gun confiscated from the airport. (Source: TSA)
A gun inside of a bag at the airport. (Source: TSA) A gun inside of a bag at the airport. (Source: TSA)
A gun with bullets confiscated from the airport. (Source: TSA) A gun with bullets confiscated from the airport. (Source: TSA)
A gun shown on a scan during a security check. (Source: TSA) A gun shown on a scan during a security check. (Source: TSA)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Despite guns being one of the items prohibited from airports, Transportation Security Administration officials say they're seeing a large increase in firearms discoveries at airports across the country, including at the Louisville International Airport.

A TSA rep told WAVE 3 News on Tuesday that it's not clear what to attribute the rise to, but in many cases, flyers simply forget the gun is in their possession. A majority of guns confiscated at SDF were loaded, the TSA rep said.

For the first six months of 2013, TSA officials at SDF discovered five firearms at the security checkpoint. Ten were found in the same span this year.

When a TSA officer discovers a firearm, local police are notified. They take possession of the firearm and determine if the passenger will face local charges.

Firearm discoveries are up nationwide, with 163 more being found in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.

While firearms may be transported in checked baggage - provided they are declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded - they are prohibited in carry-on bags.

TSA is reminding flyers it's important for them to thoroughly search their bags for any potential dangerous weapons or prohibited items before departing for the airport.

"Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint," TSA spokesman Mark Howell said. "Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items."

In addition to potential criminal charges, passengers who take firearms to an airport security checkpoint face civil penalties from TSA.

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