TSA Recommends Revoking CCW if Caught with Firearms in Carry-On Bags

TSA Recommends Revoking CCW if Caught with Firearms in Checked Bags

That’s what the TSA would like to see happen for people caught with firearms at the Pittsburg Airport. The TSA stated that they are “highly concerned” over the increase in firearms being found in carry-on bags this year.

To date, they’ve found 27 firearms this year, including five guns that were found over six days a recent week. And I’d be willing to bet, all of those were people that forgot the gun was in the bag.

Do I agree with the TSA in that this is a “gun epidemic?” The TSA found Twenty-seven firearms over 270 days. I wouldn’t say that is an epidemic.

Do I agree with the TSA in that this is easily preventable? Yes.

As a responsible gun owner, you should be aware of where your firearms are at all times. I fly about every two weeks, and I still go through my carry-on bag every time, even if I “know” I haven’t had a gun in the bag since the last flight. I empty the bag each time, search for any loose rounds and then repack. That’s all you have to do.

Taking a few extra minutes to ensure you can breeze through security is well worth it, especially since the TSA is suggesting to the local authorities that they should revoke the concealed carry permits of people caught with firearms at the Pittsburg Airport.

On top of that, the fines can range from $3,000 to $14,000. And I’m willing to bet it will be a headache trying to get your gun back.

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Luke McCoy is the founder of USA Carry. In 2007, he launched USA Carry to provide concealed carry information and a community for those with concealed carry permits and firearm enthusiasts.
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It’s a bad mistake to make. Let’s be honest. You likely decided to fly (at least) a full day before your flight. My shortest was bought ticket 5 hours before wheels up, 1 hour drive to airport. I still had time to dump my bag, make sure guns removed, as well as ammo, mags, knife…
Not knowing procedures to get permit in all states. In MN 5 yr renewal class needed. Have them go to next class, read brief report, explain what they screwed up.


This is also a vulnerability for “day” car or walk-through trips across the US borders into Mexico or Canada. Even one bullet left in a bag or pocket can result in getting arrested on the other side of the border where your Rights are legally very different.


From email paragraph description linking to this article, “…Due to an increase in firearms being found in CHECKED bags, the TSA is….”
The “checked bags” should be changed to “carry-on” bags.
That original incorrect wording had me thinking TSA had changed the policy and stopped allowing air travel with guns in CHECKED luggage…which would be a major change in policy and law.

Although…someone recently told me that at least at one airport TSA had the police arrest a person for carrying weapons in their previously CHECKED luggage as they carried their luggage during an unplanned manual flight transfer which for some reason required passengers to personally take their own luggage from one plane to another. However, I don’t know if it was accurate nor do I have any details. Perhaps the unique circumstances forced them into or to stay in an area of the airport where passengers are not permitted to have their weapons even when properly secured and previously in checked-in luggage. That would seem to be an unusual situation.

Last edited 1 month ago by jGecko

How stupid do you really have to do something like this? Why would you keep any firearms, ammunition, weapons of any kind in any type of travel luggage? The only bag I would keep firearms, ammunition ect. is a range bag. Any time I travel I have bags and suit cases especially for this. Non of them look anything alike.
I don’t agree with revocation of CCW license or even criminal prosecution over a bone head mistake. The bulk of these incidents are actually security checks to see if the TSA people are actually doing the job. Unfortunately they are folded into the actual. Mistakes these other Chuckle heads make. It’s not the biggest problem we face today, but it’s one that gets a lot of media attention, so be more careful. We don’t need the bad press