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1,850 guns have been confiscated in airports this year. Now panic.

Published On 11/05/2014 Published On 11/05/2014

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli". That sage advice made sense for Clemenza in The Godfather, and makes just as much sense for anybody trying to board an airplane in the United States. Well, if you like dessert and flying. But apparently Americans don't get their advice from fat Italian mobsters, because they just set a record for the number of guns confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration.

That's right. With a little under two months left in 2014, more than 1,850 guns have already been recovered by the TSA this year, according to spokesman Ross Feinstein. That figure works out to around six confiscated guns per day and tops the previous record set in 2013, when officials confiscated 1,813 firearms.

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.

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