Number of guns caught at Wisconsin airports increased in 2019

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MILWAUKEE — The Transportation Security Administration stopped 24 handguns at Wisconsin airports in 2019, an increase of four from 2018, according to a report Thursday.

Wisconsin’s statistics mirrored the national trend of an increase in firearms detected at checkpoints across the country. The report said officers caught more firearms in 2019 than ever before in the agency’s 18-year history. In total 4,432 firearms were found in carry-on bags or on passengers. This is a 5% increase from 2018.

At the Dane County Regional Airport, four guns were found in 2019, in comparison to three in 2018. General Mitchel International Airport in Milwaukee had 16 in comparison to 11; Central Wisconsin Airport had two in comparison to zero; and Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport, LaCrosse Regional Airport and Appleton International Airport all had decreases in number of firearms.

Individuals who bring weapons to a checkpoint are subject to federal civil penalties of up to $13,000 — a typical first offense is $4,100.

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