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TSA Found Record Number of Firearms in Carry-On Bags in 2018

The number of weapons found has gone up every year since TSA began reporting the data

NBC News reported Thursday that TSA screeners found a record number of firearms in airline passenger carry-on bags last year, according to data released by the agency.

An average of nearly 12 weapons were found every day, for a total of 4,239 during all of 2018.

The discoveries came during a year that saw airline travel up by 5.5 percent over 2017. TSA said "significant security enhancements" also contributed to the record number of guns found.

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