The TSA has an interesting look at the various items it confiscated from people going through airport checkpoints. Among the obviously dumb ideas, (like trying to carry an item that LOOKS like gun but is really a knife onto a plane…) was this little tidbit of information:
Of the 86 firearms discovered, 73 were loaded and 24 had a round chambered.
The TSA specifies that they found these guns in carry-on bags, in other words, these are all off-body carry.
Here’s a breakdown of the guns found and the condition they were in when found:
Only 85% of the people who had a gun in their bag for “self protection” had it loaded, and 28% had a round chambered. In other words, the 72% of the people who showed up to an airport with a gun thoughtlessly left in a bag they wanted to take on a plane had that gun in a condition where it was pretty much useless as for self-defense.
That says a LOT about the demographics of people who carry around a gun in a bag to make them “feel safe”.