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DFW Airport tops U.S. in gun confiscations in 2014

Passengers moving through security at DFW Airport, which led the nation in gun confiscations in 2014.
Passengers moving through security at DFW Airport, which led the nation in gun confiscations in 2014. Ron T. Ennis/Star-Telegram

Security officials confiscated 420 guns at Texas airports last year, more than a quarter of them at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

At DFW, 120 guns were seized at security checkpoints in 2014, the most of any U.S. airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport had the fourth most in the nation, at 77.

TSA agents found guns, knives and other illegal items tucked between clothes and inside greeting cards and hidden in a PlayStation 2 console. One traveler tried to hide an 81/2-inch knife in an enchilada at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Nationwide, 2,212 firearms were confiscated last year, an increase of 22 percent. Agents seized guns at 224 airports.

Firearm confiscations at DFW rose 25 percent from the previous year, and only 14 of the 120 firearms were not loaded. One traveler tried to take a loaded folding-stock rifle with two loaded magazines through a security checkpoint.

Dallas Love Field was No. 13, with 43 firearms confiscated, including an assault rifle with three magazines.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

Twitter: @Sky_Talk

Top airports

1. DFW, 120

2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, 109

3. Phoenix Sky Harbor, 78

4. George Bush Intercontinental (Houston), 77

5. Denver, 70

6. Houston Hobby, 50

7. Tampa, Fla., 49

8. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, 49

9. Nashville, 48

10. Orlando, 47

Texas airports

1. DFW, 120

2. George Bush Intercontinental, 77

3. Houston Hobby, 50

4. Austin-Bergstrom, 44

5. Dallas Love Field, 43

6. San Antonio, 36

7. Midland Air and Space Port, 11

8. Corpus Christi, 8

9. Lubbock, 7

10. El Paso, 7

Top states

1. Texas

2. Florida

3. Georgia

4. California

5. North Carolina

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