TSA: 118 Guns Seized At DIA Last Year, 102 Of Which Were Loaded

<p>(Nathaniel Minor/CPR News)</p>
<p>Handguns for sale at Centennial Gun Club in Centennial, Colorado on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.</p>

Transportation Security Administration officers “discovered” 118 guns in carry-on bags at Denver International Airport last year, and 102 of those firearms were loaded.

That’s according to the TSA’s year in review, which put Denver fourth on the list of top airports for gun discoveries in 2017. Atlanta led with 245, Dallas came in second at 211, and Houston was third at 142. Overall, discoveries were up more than 500 versus 2016.

Passengers can travel with guns — as long as they are in a checked bag. They are not allowed in carry-on luggage. Once they are discovered, the TSA says, the agency contacts local law enforcement to decide what happens next.

The TSA regularly posts images of confiscated guns on its Instagram page.

TSA officers also regularly come across fake weapons, that while not a safety threat, can still be problematic.