DES MOINES – A loaded firearm was found at a Des Moines International Airport checkpoint on Tuesday.
According to airport officials, the gun was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag during X-ray screening at the checkpoint. This is the fifth firearm discovered at the DSM checkpoint this year. In 2018, there were a total of 12 at the DSM checkpoint.
When TSA finds a firearm at a checkpoint, officials notify local law enforcement—in this case, the Des Moines Police Department. They responded, interviewed the passenger, and took possession of the weapon. Any determination about a criminal charge is up to law enforcement.
Passengers can travel with firearms in a checked bag only if they are declared to the airline at the ticket counter and properly packed in a locked, hard-sided container.
TSA found a record-breaking 4,239 firearms–an average of 11.6 per day–at airport security checkpoints around the country in 2018, a seven percent increase over 2017.