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Loaded guns seized at GSP, Asheville airports

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A look at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. (File/FOX Carolina) A look at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. (File/FOX Carolina)

Dozens of guns, weapons and other hazardous devices are seized regularly at airports across the country, and last week, a few were even seized at airports in the western Carolinas.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, two guns were seized at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and a third was seized at Asheville Regional Airport.

The TSA posts regularly about the number and types of weapons found during security screenings at airports nationwide and between March 14 and 20, the agency said 50 firearms were confiscated in addition to inert grenades, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, knives and more.

At GSP, the TSA reported a loaded .38-caliber handgun was found March 17 and then the next day, a .380-caliber handgun was found loaded with a round chambered. At AVL, they reported seizing a loaded .22.

The TSA reminds air travelers that even if they have novelty items that resemble explosives, they are not allowed. While the devices may be fake or dormant, the TSA said because they look real when they go through the screening process, the bomb squad and security teams have to be called in to determine they are safe and are therefore prohibited from carry-on and checked bags.

Travelers can check their unloaded firearms but must declare them with the airline and follow state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure. Even if a passenger forgets they had a firearm in a bag, the TSA says they can face up to a $7,500 penalty and even arrest.

Read more about the TSA's guidelines on traveling with ammunition and firearms here.

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