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TSA Found 75 Guns, 3 Grenades, Numerous Knives in Carry-On Bags in 1 Week

Guns seized in the last week, via TSA.

Guns seized in the last week, via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA made some frightening discoveries in carry-on bags at airports across the country last week.

Screeners found 75 firearms, 66 of which were loaded, bear repellent, numerous knives and there realistic replica grenades, the TSA reported. 

The TSA wrote:

In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note. 

When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.

Passengers face penalties of up to $11,000 for bringing prohibited items to airports in carry-on bags.

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American Muslim Arrested in Detroit Had Apparent Ties to Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki

Anwar al-Awlaki

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — An American Muslim arrested in Detroit has apparent connections to an al-Qaida leader who radicalized the so-called underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Detroit News reports. 

FBI agents raided Sebastian Gregerson’s home on the west side and found illegally purchased grenades and CDs marked “Anwar al-Awlaki,” an al-Qaida recruiter who met with Abdulmutallab ahead of the Christmas Day 2009 attack on a Detroit-bound flight.

The FBI also seized seven rifles, two AK-47 assault rifles, handguns, a shotgun, thousands of round of ammunition, cellphones and computer equipment.

“When you look through most of the cases of individuals who get arrested for terrorism charges, the vast majority had al-Awlaki on their laptops,” said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

Detroit Man Arrested After Stockpiling Grenades, Assault Rifle, Other Weapons

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had been tracking a 29-year-old Detroit man for 16 months a he collected an unusual array of weapons.

The bureau said Sebastian Gregerson was stockpiling grenades, assault rifles, combat knives and road spikes, the Detroit Free Press reports.

On Sunday night, Gregerson was arrested after trying to buy grenades from undercover agents.

It’s unclear what Gregerson planned to do with the weapons, and the FBI stopped short of calling him a terrorism suspect.

His attorney, Bill Swor, said the charges suggested “they don’t have any evidence that this person had any real attack plan or any activity planned.”

Authorities Made Alarming Finding at Home of Homeland Security Analyst

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case against a Homeland Security analyst continues to get more alarming.

After Jonathan Wienke tried to walk into a Homeland Security building with a gun, knife, infrared camera, handcuffs and pepper spray in his backpack, authorities have found more weapons at his West Virginia home, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Investigators found sawed-off plastic pipes, glue, walkie-talkies with extra wiring, tools and 10 boxes of magnesium shavings, oxidizers and thermite in the 45-year-old’s house.

The ATF said the weapons could be used to make explosives but not in their current form.

Wienke, who faces up to 10 years in prison on the original charges, pleaded not guilty to firearms charges last month.

TSA: Batman Fans, Don’t Carry Your Superhero Weapons onto Planes

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.28.00 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sorry, Batman fans. You can’t carry your superhero weapons onto planes.

The TSA has reported an influx of people trying to bring aboard “batarangs,” which are sharp, bat-shaped weapons, NPR reports. 

The “batarangs” are being confiscated at airport security checkpoints.

The TSA said the weapons should be “placed in your checked baggage along with your grapple gun, bat-saw, collapsible bat-sword, and other utility belt items.”

The TSA said it occasionally has problems with people thinking they can bring superhero weapons on to a flight.

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TSA Finds 74 Firearms, 3 Grenades, Cleaver, Knife at Airports in One Week

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how often the TSA reminds airline passengers not to bring weapons on carry-on bags, security continues to find guns, grenades and other weapons.

In the week spanning from July 22-29, for example, TSA officers found 74 firearms, three inert grenades, a cleaver and several pocketknives, Fox News reports. 

Of the 74 guns found, 65 were loaded.

“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds,” TSA Social Media Team member Bob Burns wrote on the blog. “Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.”

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Homeland Security Employee Charged After Bringing Weapons to Headquarters

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 45-year-old Homeland Security employee in Pennsylvania was arrested after authorities say he walked into the agency’s headquarters with a gun, knife, pepper spray, handcuffs and an infrared camera in June.

Leigh Wienke, who is a federal government analyst, was charged with illegally building a silencer on an unregistered pistol, along with six other counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison, NBC Washington reports. 

Security officers found Wienke with the weapons at the headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in northwest D.C.

Agents said in the court filing that there was “probable cause to believe Jonathan Wienke was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against the senior DHS officials in the building.”

FBI Investigates Border Patrol-Involved Shooting in South Central Arizona

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a shooting involving Border Patrol agents in south central Arizona.

The incident happened while agents were tracking suspected marijuana smugglers, KPBS reports. 

One agent fired a weapon after being assaulted with rocks.

Border Patrol’s Office of Professional Responsibility also is investigating.

The Border Patrol has been criticized for its use of force in recent years.

So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents used their weapons six times.

Records indicate that agents were assaulted nearly 180 times.

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