Number of guns seized at airport checkpoints up

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print
Lagrangeville woman was caught with this loaded gun in her carry-on bag at Stewart Airport in 2020. (TSA photo)

NEW YORK – Transportation Security Administration officers stopped 39 handguns at area airport checkpoints in 2022, an increase from 26 guns caught in 2021.

The two local airports – New York Stewart International and Westchester County – saw increased gun confiscations last year.

Four guns were seized in 2022 at Westchester, up from none in 2021. At Stewart, three guns were seized last year compared with one the year before.

Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.

Even if a traveler has a concealed weapon permit, firearms are not permitted to be carried n an airline. Travelers with proper firearm permits can travel legally with their firearms in their checked bags if they follow a few guidelines.

 

AIRPORT 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Newark Liberty 14 11 11 12 14
LaGuardia 2 7 3 4 11
JFK 2 8 2 9 7
Westchester 0 1 0 0 4
Stewart 0 0 1 1 3
MacArthur 2 1 0 0 0
Total 20 27 17 26 39