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Record Number of Guns Expected to Be Confiscated at Airport Checkpoints in 2017

Guns seized by the TSA.

Guns seized by the TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is on pace to seize a record-high number of firearms this year, saying the increase is due to an increase in air travelers.

“While it’s impossible to ascertain an exact, scientific reason for the increase, there does seem to be a correlation between the increase in the number of firearms caught and the increase in passenger volume,” TSA spokesman Mike England told the Washington Examiner. “2016 was a record year for passenger volume and the industry is on pace to break that record in 2017. The same can be said for TSA firearm catches.” 

Over the past decade, the seizure of loaded and unloaded guns has increased every year. In 2007, 803 guns were seized at airport checkpoints. That number increased to 2,212 in 2014, 2,653 in 2015 and 3,391 in 2016.

With nearly three months left in the year, the TSA has documented the confiscation of 3,053 firearms. 

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Border Patrol Finds 60 Immigrants inside Refrigerated Trailer Loaded with Ice-Covered Broccoli

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents found 60 immigrants in a refrigerated trailer loaded with ice-covered broccoli at a South Texas border checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested the trucker at the Falfurrias checkpoint in Texas on smuggling charges. No one was injured, according to a CBP statement.

The temperature inside the trailer was just 49 degrees.

The immigrants, who came from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, were detained and face deportation.

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Man Dies After Border Patrol Shooting at Las Cruces, N.M., Checkpoint

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who authorities initially believed was shot by Border Patrol agents at a Las Cruces checkpoint in New Mexico last month has died. 

CBP officials originally said agents shot the man after he pointed a gun at them on April 9. But now officials said the man shot himself, KFOX14 reports

Agents fired their weapons at the man after they heard a gunshot.

No agents were injured.

The man’s identity has not been released by CBP.

Airport Security Confiscates Gun Designed to Look Like a Pen at Orlando International Airport

A pen gun confiscated by airport security, via TSA.

A pen gun confiscated by airport security, via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gun designed to look like a pen was confiscated from a traveler at Orlando International Airport.

The gun, when operational, can fire a .22 caliber round.

The TSA told WESH 2 News that the weapon was found in an unidentified passenger’s carry-on bag at an airport security checkpoint on Dec. 30.

“The item was surrendered,” a TSA spokesman said.

The TSA allowed the passenger to continue to fly. No arrest was made.

Sources told the WESH 2 News that the gun was a family heirloom and was inoperable.

Still, the TSA has the authority to issue a civil penalty of $11,000 for anyone who brings a dangerous or prohibited item to the checkpoint.

Border Patrol Agents Won’t Be Charged in Tasing Incident Caught on Video

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents who were accused of excessive force when one of them tased a college student during a traffic stop last year won’t face criminal charges, North Country Public Radio reports.

After reviewing the case, the CBP has decided against filing charges, a spokesperson for the agency said.

The incident was captured on video taken by the alleged victim, Jessica Cooke, who wouldn’t allow agents to search her trunk.

The woman was tackled by one of the agents after she began shouting.

Agents found nothing in the car of Cooke, who said she was held and released after several hours that left her bruised.

The agents, who have not been identified, remain on active duty.

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Retired Cop Claims in Lawsuit That Border Patrol Assaulted Him in Southern California

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired police officer claims that Border Patrol agents arrested him on bogus charges after assaulting and macing him in southern California, Courthouse News Service reports. 

Donald Lumn, who retired from the Chula Vista Police Department, filed suit in federal court against Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Martinez and his supervisor Pete Burgos.

“He used to like the Border Patrol before all this happened,” Lumb’s attorney Mary Prevost told Courthouse News in an interview.

Lumb said he was traveling on Interstate 8 with his fiancé’s son when he was motioned to stop at a checkpoint.

Lumb said he was obeying orders.

“Supervisor Burgos began yelling at Lumb to get back in the vehicle,” the complaint reads. “Lumb attempted to comply but as he placed his hand on the car door handle to open it – and without warning – he was sprayed with a chemical agent. Lumb was shoved from behind and slammed against the car, and then slammed to the ground. Approximately four to five sets of hands were grabbing at Lumb and one agent was kneeling on his back.

“Lumb began pleading that he wasn’t resisting. The agent on his back (Doe 1) was screaming ‘Shut up! Shut the fuck up!’ The agents forced Lumb into a single set of handcuffs causing instant pain to Lumb’s shoulder. Another agent was yelling for agents to take Lumb’s watch, and another screamed, ‘He’s got a gun.’ As this was happening, the agents were causing more pain to Lumb’s wrist and shoulder by rolling him side to side on the ground.”

About 90 minutes later, Lumb was arrested for assaulting a federal agent and resisting arrest, which Lumb says are bogus charges.

Border Patrol Discovers Meth-Laced Candy at a Checkpoint Near Mexico

Meth-laced candy, via Border Patrol

Meth-laced candy, via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has made an alarming discovery – candy laced with methamphetamine.

The Desert Sun reports that agents discovered several boxes of the candy at a checkpoint on Highway 86 near the Salton Sea.

Drug-sniffing dogs led agents to candy, which was inside a 2012 Nissan Frontier being driven by a 48-year-old man.

The tamarind candy, which was labeled in Spanish, tested positive for methamphetamine.

The DEA is now investigating.

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Looking Ahead for TSA After Study Found Serious Surveillance Issues

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Now that many see the TSA as a failure,  what’s next next for the beleaguered agency?

Give the task back to the airlines?

The Hill offers insight, saying private competition may drive down prices but you get what you pay for.

More than 13 years after 9/11, we are still struggling to ensure the continued security of America’s airliners, which suggests that this is not an easy task. Most of the problems seem to be in human performance. This is not because TSA agents are not up to the task. Screeners work hard to do their best, and they regularly uncover guns and other weapons that passengers attempt to conceal. Their failure is not owed to the fact that passengers have observed them taking breaks or occasionally joking with one another. The checkpoint is their workspace. Effective security does not require visible hardship or a scowling demeanor.

Screeners have a difficult task to perform under often terrible conditions. They have to deal with crowds of soon-to-be passengers, who are often apprehensive about flying or missing flights or complain about being told by some stranger to take off their shoes or their belts or empty their pockets. Every move the screeners make is watched by hundreds of people who view the screeners as adversaries.