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54 loaded guns seized at airports last week

8:41 PM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC News) -- The TSA announced a dubious record this week, reporting that it had seized 65 firearms at airport security checkpoints.

The seizures buried the previous mark of 50 guns, the TSA reported, and included 54 loaded weapons -- 19 of which at rounds chambered.

Among the seizures was a firearm strapped to the prosthetic leg of a male passenger at Salt Lake City International Airport..

Authorities said the passenger received a pat-down after an anomaly was detected during advanced imaging technology screening.

During the pat-down, officers discovered a fully loaded .22 caliber firearm inside the passenger's boot and strapped to his prosthetic leg.

The man was arrested by Salt Lake City Airport Police on a state charge of "carrying a concealed weapon in a secure area."

The transportation lobbying group AAA estimates that 2.3 million travelers were expected to fly during the Memorial Day weekend.


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