TSA sees record 50 firearms at Montana airports in 2022

ERIC YOUNG

A record-breaking 50 firearms were discovered in carry-on luggage across Montana’s airports in 2022, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Wednesday.

During a presentation at Billings Logan International Airport, TSA spokesperson Lorie Dankers broke down various figures gathered throughout the year.

The Billings airport set a new state record for annual firearm discoveries last year at 17. Other seizures reported last year included 11 firearms at Missoula International, 10 at Bozeman, seven at Glacier Park and five at Great Falls International airports. Helena International Airport was the only airport with TSA pre-check lanes with no firearms found.

Lorie Dankers with TSA Public Affairs demonstrates how to properly prepare a firearm for air travel. In 2022, the Billings Logan International Airport had a record number of firearms recovered from carry-on luggage, with 17 guns found in luggage at the TSA screening checkpoint.

AMY LYNN NELSON, Billings Gazette

All of the firearms discovered in Montana this past year were loaded with the exception of two — one at Glacier Park International and one at Missoula International Airport.

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