More guns were discovered at Denver International Airport in 2019 than at almost any other airport in the country — only Dallas and Atlanta topped Denver’s count.
Transportation Security Administration officers in Denver found 140 guns at airport security checkpoints during 2019, while officers in Atlanta discovered 323 and officers in Dallas found 217, according to statistics released by the agency.
Across the country, TSA detected 4,432 guns in passengers’ carry-on bags at 278 airports. That’s the most guns discovered by the agency in any year since the the TSA was founded in 2001, and is a five percent increase over the number of guns found in 2018, according to the agency.
The top airports for gun discoveries are also some of the busiest in the United States in terms of arriving and departing flights, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Atlanta was the second busiest in the country with more than 904,000 flights, Dallas the third with 720,000 flights, and Denver the fifth busiest with 640,000 flights.
Houston, the eighth busiest airport, saw the fourth highest number of guns discovered in 2019 at 138, followed by Phoenix, the 14th busiest airport, with 132 guns.
DIA routinely ranks among the top airports for gun seizures. There were 126 guns discovered at DIA in 2018, 118 guns discovered in 2017, and 98 in 2016.
Through November of 2019, DIA saw more than 63.2 million passengers pass through.