Record-Breaking Year: TSA Seized More Firearms at South Carolina Airports in 2023 Than Ever Before

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TSA officers at South Carolina’s major airports set a new state record by discovering 87 firearms in passengers’ carry-on luggage.

This marks a significant increase from previous years, with eight more firearms found than in 2022 and 15 more than in 2021.

Charleston International Airport saw 27 firearms recovered by TSA agents, slightly fewer than the previous year. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport topped the list with 32 firearms found. Additionally, TSA agents uncovered 11 firearms at Columbia Metropolitan Airport and 17 at Myrtle Beach International Airport. Notably, no handguns were found at Florence Regional or Hilton Head Island Airport last year.

Airport 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport 23 13 17 21 32
Charleston International Airport 18 12 30 32 27
Myrtle Beach International Airport 12 9 13 10 17
Columbia Metropolitan Airport 10 7 11 15 11
Florence Regional Airport 0 0 1 1 0
Hilton Head Island Airport 0 0 0 0 0
South Carolina Total 63 41 72 79 87
National Total 4,432 3,257 5,972 6,542 6,737

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