Sky Harbor Airport Ranks Fourth in the Nation in Number of People Who Try to Fly With Guns

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News flash: You can't bring a gun on an airplane.

This apparently comes as a big surprise to people flying out of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, as the TSA confiscated more guns at only three other airports in the country last year.

Authorities at Sky Harbor confiscated 65 guns last year, or about one every five or six days.

Of those guns, 86 percent were loaded and 32 percent had a round chambered.

The Medill National Security Journalism Initiative compiled the TSA data on gun confiscation (which it releases weekly, here) to look at the trends in gun confiscation. Although it would seem people would have figured out that it's not wise to attempt to bring a gun on an airplane, the number of confiscations nationwide jumped about 20 percent over 2012.

The only three airports where more guns were confiscated were in Atlanta (110 guns), Dallas-Fort Worth (98), and Houston (67).

Keep in mind, Atlanta's the busiest airport in the nation, whereas Dallas-Fort Worth has the fifth-most passengers, and Houston has the 12th-most. Phoenix has the 11th-most.

However, the busiest airports behind Atlanta -- in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami, respectively -- didn't crack the top 10 for gun confiscations in 2013.

In case you're truly confused about the rules pertaining to bringing guns on airplanes, consult the TSA's explanation, here.

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Jonathan Bishop
Jonathan Bishop

"The friendliest airport in America" hahaha, riiiiight.

Ari Tallen
Ari Tallen

Emanuel Gonzalez, as others have highlighted, your comment suggests a horribly irresponsible attitude towards gun ownership. As a result your argument also wins the award for worst in this thread. I very much hope that you do not actually "put your small gun in your coat" and and forget it * and that you were merely making up excuses for these people as you had no other legitimate reasoning.

Leilah Publications
Leilah Publications

Gun rights my lrish ass. Get over it, Obama is not taking guns away. Gun sales are at record highs under Obama.

Eliott Kroll
Eliott Kroll

I'm frankly surprised we're only at 4th. That said, that level of stupidity is unacceptable, and they deserve whatever they get out of it. While I would bet that most of you that hate guns/gun owners have never been in a dangerous situation in your life, don't sneer at those of us that have. I agree that there are some incredibly stupid people that own and carry firearms, but it isn't all of us. Making such a broad generalization actually makes you look pretty ignorant. Get over your insecurities and try going to a shooting range sometime. Also, I don't know about Emanuel, but I can't fathom forgetting that I put a gun someplace, or even putting it somewhere I would have a chance of forgetting it or leaving it unsecured.

Zac Green
Zac Green

^I don't know about everyone else, but I ALWAYS know where my weapons are. Part of being a responsible gun owner.

Emanuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Gonzalez

Wait so the New Times ignores that the reason why Airports in LA & Chicago didn't make the list is because the citizens there have been all but stripped of their gun rights!? #convenient Also, how many of the confiscated guns where there by accident. Not because the person was carrying but because they forgot they had it in a certain bag or pouch with no intention of bringing it on board? Real life happens. You put your small gun in your coat, you never wear the coat (cause it's AZ) and then you pack that coat cause you're flying out to Minneapolis and you become criminalizes in the statistics. New Times, find a balance. Stay away from agendas.

Carlene Hudson
Carlene Hudson

Not at all surprised. Their attitude has to be " you ain't gonna git me before I git you." It's mistrust. And dumb.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

It's not surprising that Chicago and LA don't have much of a problem, since it's generally illegal to carry concealed there, even outside of airports.


Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Because there aren't many people dumber than rednecks. And rednecks ALWAYS own guns and try to carry them everywhere.

submarine
submarine

Did you not read the link at the bottom of your article? NEWSFLASH: you CAN bring your firearm on a plane, it just has to be in checked baggage, unloaded, in a locked case. I've traveled many times with my trusty 1911 (and the whole process is truly comical). I also receive those weekly reports, and I check every week to see how many confiscated weapons are attributed to PHX. I'm not seeing us pop up that often so I question this study. I suspect most are inadvertent as more States allow concealed carry so people are used to having a firearm on their person but not so used to double checking it's not there when they travel. Perhaps the TSA could be proactive and have gun storage for a fee prominently displayed at each security checkpoint. 

Beth Simek
Beth Simek

Only 4th? Frankly we can do better..... ;)

marcy
marcy

@valleynative 

Unless you believe the number of people who try to carry a gun on a plane is higher today than 30 years ago, the "problem" is only a perceived one, not a real one.


People forgetting they have a gun in their briefcase isn't, wasn't and never has been a "problem".  

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@submarine but thats not what hes talking about..hes talking about people trying to take it through security. And in that sense, you can NOT take it on board. (its semantics really)

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