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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reports officers detected twice as many firearms per million passengers screened at airport security checkpoints nationwide in 2020 compared to 2019.

That marks a significantly higher rate than any other year since the agency’s inception.

Throughout 2020, TSA caught approximately 10 firearms per million passengers screened as compared to about 5 firearms per million passengers screened in 2019.

TSA officers discovered a total of 3,257 firearms on passengers or in their carry-on bags at checkpoints, although total passengers screened in 2020 fell by 500 million versus 2019 due to the pandemic.

Passengers with firearms at checkpoints were stopped at 234 airports nationwide.

The top airport on the list Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 220.

TSA tells WBT Radio that 55 guns were discovered at Charlotte Douglas Airport down from 74 in 2019.

That number ties Charlotte and Seattle in the number 14 position.