Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brendan Kelly, bkelly [at] bradymail [dot] org
TSA CATCHES RECORD NUMBER OF LOADED GUNS IN CARRY ON LUGGAGE IN 2016
3,391 firearms discovered in carry on bags this year, 83 percent were loaded
Report underscores the importance of keeping guns out of dangerous hands
WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that a record number of guns were discovered in carry on luggage at the nation's airports last year. The agency caught firearms on passengers trying to board planes at a rate of about nine guns every day. Nearly every one was loaded. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, issued the following statement:
"We're thankful every day for TSA's service in keeping us safe, and today especially we applaud their vigilance in light of this report. But we also know that agents can't catch everything. As the tragedy at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood airport showed us, there are limits to the safety that security protocols can provide when we live in a nation that allows dangerous people to buy guns without a background check. The TSA's report underscores the importance of taking action to keep guns out of dangerous hands. Nine out of ten Americans agree we can do that by expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales, so elected leaders have no excuse to delay this any longer. In fact, with 93 lives lost every day to gun violence, Congress has a moral imperative and a political mandate to act now."
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced the largest national protest of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.