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TSA officials display weapons confiscated at BWI Airport by TSA security personnel, including guns, imitation guns, blades, brass knuckles and other dangerous items.
TSA officials display weapons confiscated at BWI Airport by TSA security personnel, including guns, imitation guns, blades, brass knuckles and other dangerous items. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)

Federal officials say they're close to breaking a record for the number of guns they've seized this year at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Tuesday that they've caught 26 guns at BWI's checkpoints. The number ties the record set in 2017.

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The TSA says "it is highly likely" that new record will be set before 2019 ends.

Officials said the 26th gun caught this year was spotted Saturday. An Annapolis, Maryland, man had 9 mm handgun loaded with 15 bullets in his carry-on bag. He said he forgot he had it.

The TSA said the unidentified man was arrested on weapons charges.

The agency said that 4,239 firearms were discovered in carry on bags across the nation last year.

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