In 2012, officials seized 1,550 guns, the record at the time. Americans sure are exercising their right to bear arms, and to be idiots.
Airports in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, and Houston typically yield the most guns, with 92 firearms seized at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the leader in gun-toting travelers. Meanwhile, the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, turned up 72 guns this year.
October alone brought in an additional 200 firearms, 174 of which were loaded. Guntoberfest!
If this pace keeps up, 2014 will easily eclipse the 2,000-gun mark. Someone, somewhere, should do a 21-gun salute to stupidity.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.