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Americans just broke the TSA record for trying to get guns onto planes

A staggering 87 of the 104 firearms TSA discovered were loaded, and 38 had a round in the chamber​.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday revealed that it seized 104 firearms between Feb. 5 and Feb. 11 — a record number of guns discovered by the agency during the span of a single week.

A staggering 87 of those 104 firearms were loaded, the TSA statement said, and 38 had a round in the chamber.

One traveler in Anchorage, Alaska, even tried to carry-on two one-pound canisters of gunpowder, which the TSA notes on its website is "prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags, for obvious reasons."


“Real, inert, or anything resembling an explosive item is prohibited in both carry-on and checked baggage,” TSA notes.

The previous one-week record was set in July 2017, when TSA agents discovered 96 firearms in carry-on bags.

Trying to board a plane with a gun in your carry-on could come with fines greater than $13,000. Laws vary from state to state, but gun owners are allowed to check their firearms, by following TSA procedures.

The weekly record tracks with annual seizures, which are also trending upward. An estimated 4,000 firearms were seized at airports in 2017, according to the TSA, up from 3,391 the previous year.

The TSA's latest record-breaking week was announced just days after an armed teenager walked into a Florida high school and killed 17 people (mostly students), causing grief throughout the nation and reigniting the gun-control debate in the U.S.

On Tuesday, facing mounting pressure from students, parents and gun-control advocates, President Donald Trump announced that he'd instructed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to begin drafting regulations that would ban bump stocks, the accessory that transforms semi-automatic weapons into machine guns.

Students and activists have planned a mass walkout from classrooms on March 14 to protest gun violence in the U.S.