Nightly News   |  July 04, 2013

TSA finding more weapons at nation’s airports

A growing number of guns are being confiscated by TSA agents at many of America’s airports. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>> reporter: from the east to the west, to the airports, summer rush is on. laptops out, shoes and belts off and please leave your weapons at home.

>> inside this cane is --

>> reporter: a sword?

>> how about that.

>> reporter: spears, fake grenades and guns. a record 894 in the first six months of this year. in one week in may, 65 guns found, 45 loaded. sometimes hidden in books or dvd players , but most o, left in the bottom of a carry-on. tsa chief john pistol. is there an intent to get them by the tsa officers, or it's i forgot.

>> virtually everybody says they forgot. we can't prove that somebody was intending to. people forget.

>> reporter: professional golfer chris blanks said he forgot a loaded handgun was in his carry-on. arrested at palm beach airport on sunday. the airports with the most gun confiscations are those with strong gun cultures, atlanta, dallas-ft. worth, phoenix and ft. laud eveerdale. some say it's the recent surge in gun ownership . each day at 450 airports across the country, the tsa screens nearly 2 million passengers, and if each passenger has one or two carry-ons, you're talking up to 4 million carry-ons that need screened. eddie manshein is security officer at dulles. how often do you come across something that someone shouldn't have?

>> daily. hourly.

>> reporter: passengers found with a gun could end up in jail or simply be told to go put it in the car. tom costello, nbc news, washington.