While we knew the record for the most firearms confiscated at airports in a year was shattered back in October, the TSA just published its final figures in a "2014 Year in Review" blog post; turns out, last year saw 22% more guns confiscated than the previous year. That's 400 more guns... or more than one extra gun, every day!
A ridiculous 2,212 guns were seized from carry-on bags at 224 airports last year, which works out to SIX guns per day, nationwide. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport alone saw 120 firearms confiscated, the most in the nation, while Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had 109 guns (including ones smuggled by a Delta employee) confiscated, the second-highest figure.
Alarmingly, 83% of the weapons discovered in 2014 were loaded. Yes, people really are that stupid. Especially the former owner of this “Wild Bill Hickok” gun knife and bullet knife set. Somehow, this dude bought a knife that looks like a gun, and a knife that looks like a bullet, and thought all of this would be cool on a plane. No drink service for you, pal.
The worst day last year? June 4, 2014, when a whopping 18 firearms were taken from carry-on bags across the country. Perhaps it's a new holiday for gun lovers and everyone else missed the memo. In 2013, the record day was 13. But those were the salad days, when the TSA nabbed just 1,813 firearms over the whole year.
Here's a look at 2014 in review: