Authorities found a record 3,957 firearms
at U.S. airports last year, up 17 percent on 2016. The Transportation Security Administration released the data, adding that 84 percent of the guns were loaded at the time of discovery while 34.8 percent had a round chambered. On a weekly basis, an average of 76.1 firearms were intercepted at U.S. airports last year. The number found has been rising steadily since records began in 2005. Back in 2007, only 803 guns were found in carry-on baggage, quite a difference compared to nearly 4,000 today.
Firearms were found at 239 out of 440 federalized airports last year with Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International
the top hub for discoveries. 242 guns were intercepted there as security checks while Dallas Fort Worth International came second (211) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston ranked third (142). Firearms aren't the only harzardous item security officials have to look out for. Last year, the TSA said that other confiscated items included live smoke grenades, a live flashbang device, gun powder, a replica suicide vest, a sword cane, inert hand grenades and even an inert M107 howitzer projectile.