3-D printed guns have been on TSA’s radar for years

Guns made on 3-D printers have been turning up at airport security checkpoints since 2016, according to a new report.

The weapons have turned up at least four times at airports in Nevada and New Hampshire, the Transportation Safety Administration told CBS News.

TSA officers found a “3-D printed realistic replica revolver” and five rounds of .22-caliber ammunition tucked inside a carry-on bag at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada in August 2016.

Nearly a year later, in May, they discovered a 3-D gun, also in a carry-on bag, at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire.

In both cases, the traveler abandoned the guns.

In December 2016 and January, 3-D-printed parts of assault-style weapons known as “lower receivers” were found in carry-on bags at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.

“TSA Officers are trained and on the lookout for 3D guns,” TSA Assistant Administrator Michael Bilello said in a statement to the network. “We have proven detection capabilities and screening protocols in place. In the world of airport and aviation security, ‘a gun is a gun.’”

The TSA in January said 3,957 firearms were found in carry-on bags in 2017 – an average of 10.8 guns per day.

News of the TSA discoveries comes as more than 1,000 people got their hands on blueprints to make AR-style 3-D printed guns before they were made available online.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered the Texas-based company Defense Distributed to temporarily halt the release of the blueprints.

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