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Travelers were walking around North Carolina airports with firearms and forgot seemed like a lot in 2021. TSA seized over 200 guns in the state.

TSA says its officers seized 106 guns at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in 2021, nearly double the number they seized at the airport in the previous year. And another 100 firearms were taken at the security checkpoint at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, three times the total in 2020.

TSA reports the firearms were discovered by TSA officers during the routine screening of carry-on property at airport security checkpoints.

Elsewhere, Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro reported 12 firearms seized, double the amount in 2020. At Asheville Regional Airport, TSA says 15 firearms were taken, compared to five in the previous year.

Below is a breakdown:

Airport 2018 2019 2020 2021
Charlotte Douglas Int’l (CLT) 76 74 55 106
Raleigh-Durham Int’l (RDU) 66 70 33 100
Piedmont Triad Int’l (GSO) 14 18 6 12
Asheville Regional (AVL) 2 13 5 15
Wilmington Int’l (ILM) 7 9 3 6
Fayetteville Regional (FAY) 6 3 2 4
Albert J. Ellis Airport (OAJ) 4 2 1 5
Concord-Padgett Regional (JQF) 4 1 0 4
Coastal Carolina Regional (EWN) 0 4 0 2
Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV) 1 0 0 0
North Carolina total: 180 194 105 254
Nationwide total: 4,239 4,432 3,257 5,972

 

READ MORE: https://www.tsa.gov/news/press/releases/2022/01/18/tsa-firearm-discoveries-north-carolina-airports-spike-2021