Travelers Have Brought 65 Pounds of Ammo to Love Field, and the TSA Just Gave it Away

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We really have no idea where TSA found all that ammunition.
On Tuesday morning, Dallas police got a call from the Transportation Security Administration. The agency had some 65 pounds of abandoned ammunition that needed to be picked up.

That's all DPD's incident report said. Not a word about what the hell such a large amount of ammunition was doing at Love Field. Did the TSA catch someone trying to sneak their personal arsenal past security? Or was it stowed on a plane? Maybe Second Amendment types, fearful of tightened gun rules, figured the Obama administration would never look for their arsenal at a second-tier airport?

The answer, according to TSA spokesman Luis Casanova, is no.

"These were ammunition rounds that have accumulated over time and we turn over to DPD for disposal," he wrote in an email. "Not a lump amount that was found."

It's taken the TSA "months if not years," to accumulate 65 pounds, he wrote. "Also remember a live round carries some weight, so in terms of number of rounds it may not have been that much."

Still, that means that many, many people seem not to have gotten the message that guns -- and bullets -- aren't allowed on airplanes. It also means the TSA is actually detecting the weaponry people are trying to carry on, which is reassuring, I guess.

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roo_ster
roo_ster

I have carried more than that to the range for a day's shooting.

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

Ammo is made of lead and brass. It doesn't take much lead and brass to equal 65 pounds.

BushwoodSmithie
BushwoodSmithie

Number of times since 9/11 that the TSA claims to have stopped via airport screening an actual attempt to hijack or destroy an aircraft: zero.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

You are a moron if you leave ammo in your bag you are taking to the airport.  If you are not smart enough to remove the ammo from the bag before going to the airport, you probably dont need to own a gun either.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

" guns -- and bullets -- aren't allowed on airplanes."

Umm...yes they are. Just got back from a hunt in Wyoming-flying there and back with 2 guns and ammo.

DOCensors
DOCensors

"Still, that means that many, many people seem not to have gotten the message that guns -- and bullets -- aren't allowed on airplanes. It also means the TSA is actually detecting the weaponry people are trying to carry on, which is reassuring, I guess."

Or more than likely, especially since they didn't say anything about arrests being involved, people forgot or didn't realize there was a round or a few rounds in their bag. 

As for your reactionary fear mongering reaction of OMG 65 POUNDS!!!! That would be like 1200 rounds of .45. How many people go through Love Field a day?

You really should educate yourself a little bit.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I don't know which is scarier; the TSA accumulating the ammunition and it being stored probably piles up in a cardboard box; or, the TSA thinking that it is the local PD's responsibility to dispose of it.  I hope that DPD sends them a bill.

Last time I tried to dispose of some old ammunition, the response I received from the local PD was: "meh, not our problem."

NewsDog
NewsDog

Eric, Can you find out how much they collect at DFW and what they do with it?

Just wondering because a few years ago I accidentally had two rounds of .45 in a bag as I went through security at DFW. Honest mistake, brief delay, on my way. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

you can check guns and ammo.  they now charge for the privilege.  used to be free - just another item/bag.

do you ever do actual research?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@BushwoodSmithie and the minute a hijacking or destroying a plane happens you will blame them.  Such dumb argument.  Are some of them incompetent, sure do they step beyond the boundaries they should, sure, but Id rather them be there than not.   

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin I could see a few shells stowed away in a remote side pocket going accidentally.  I know I had a few in an odd spot from a long passed pheasant hunt

DOCensors
DOCensors

@ScottsMerkin Or a round fell into your bag, or was caught in a seam. Ever do laundry and find a bunch of change in the washer after even though you went through the pockets of your pants? 

I've gone shooting and had spent brass land in places the sun don't shine. 

Then you have gun control hypocrites like this asshole:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrBFjkxKglI

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

let me clarify, you are a moron if you leave ammo in the bag you are trying to go through security with.  Checking ammo is totally legal

iwearblack
iwearblack

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Actually, when my father passed away in 2004, he left behind several boxes of extremely old .38 and .22 long rifle cartridges... The DPD (Northeast Substation) were happy to come by and pick them up...

CraigT42
CraigT42

@ScottsMerkin 

Bull feces. No one with any sense would blame the TSA for a hijacking unless the TSA highjacked the plane (which would turn out OK because they are too inept to successfully hijack anything. ( I am picturing a bunch of guys with blue gloves taped to their faces ordering the plane to turn around or they will use 3.00001 ounces of toothpaste to kill everyone. ).

The fact of the matter is that the TSA makes a terrorist act more likely every single time they hit the papers with another bungle.  Why should any terrorist fear an organization that cant even protect itself from itself.  

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@DOCensors why is your carry on suitcase/laptop bag/briefcase at the gun range?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@DOCensors @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul It was quite old.  The paper on the shotgun shells was brittle (yes that's right, paper shotgun shells) and the cartridges were green.  I was helping a friend clean out the house where his parents had lived.  There were more than a few surprises in the disposal category.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@CraigT42 of course no one with any sense would blame but look at half of commenters on this blog alone and tell me how many have any sense.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@CraigT42 ok, just doesnt make sense to me why you would use the same bag to travel and carry guns and ammo.  I guess Im wired differently, wife is in the airline industry so our travel bags are just that travel bags, nothing else

DOCensors
DOCensors

@ScottsMerkin @DOCensors I traveled somewhere by bus and a relative gave me a small antique knife. I put it in my bag and forgot about it. Next time I flew I used that bag as a carry on. Was pretty surprised when security called me over to explain. It went in a bin filled with other similar objects. 

Recently I found a round of .40 caliber under the seat of my car. I've never even purchased that caliber of ammo. 

CraigT42
CraigT42

@ScottsMerkin  

Don't make me defend this jackhole.  

But everyone has a dozen different bags sitting around.  Some of us own 1 duffel bag.  If we are going to the range we load gun stuff in it, if we are going to grandmas we pack clean underwear in it. 

DOCensors
DOCensors

@ScottsMerkin @DOCensors Does it need to be? People also use backpacks for multiple purposes.. shopping, every day use, buying ammunition.. carry on because they don't want to pay for checking luggage..

There are infinite number of ways and reasons someone might not realize or just forget there is ammo in their bag, pocket, sock, shoe sweatshirt or whatever. You're making hay of out nothing.

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