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TSA finds 13th, 14th guns at Salt Lake City airport security checkpoint

Published March 21, 2013 7:31 am

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The Salt Lake City International Airport is on track for a record year in terms of passengers bringing guns through security.

The Transportation Security Administration found its 13th and 14th firearms at the security checkpoint Wednesday morning. The two guns, both loaded Glocks, were discovered in the passengers' carry-on bags about 10 minutes apart, said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers.

The passengers, one heading for Long Beach, Calif., and the other for Las Vegas, were both cited for having a dangerous weapon in a secure area, Dankers said.

The discoveries put the airport on track to beat last year's total — in 2012, the TSA found 20 firearms at the airport security checkpoint. Dankers noted that the increase this year matches the national trend.

The TSA allows passengers to take an unloaded gun in checked baggage, but only if it is in a locked, hard-sided container and declared to the airline. A firearm is never allowed in carry-on baggage.

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