Guns in airports a problem on the rise, TSA says

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CHICAGO -- The TSA says guns in airports is a problem on the rise.

People trying to fly with their guns instead of checking them and declaring them the right way could be attributed to the fact that heightened awareness just isn't what it used to be.

Six guns are found in a flyer’s carry on bag at airports across the nation everyday. 83 percent are loaded.

That is a statistic the Federal Security director is not pleased with. So today he issued a reminder on how to fly legally if you are transporting a gun.

He said people's excuses for having a gun on them illegally at the time are just not acceptable.

For years, the TSA has been talking about the right and wrong way to check a gun and transport it. Today came another reminder to unload your piece, and place it in a hard-sided lockable case before you leave home.

If you have ammunition -- which is allowed up to a point -- pack it separately and declare all of these items with a customer service agent.

Many people nationwide violate these rules or forget to do anything at all.

Not doing it right means the local police get involved, criminal charges can be pursued and fines anywhere from $1500-$7000 can be levied.

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