- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Denver International Airport ranks fifth among the nation’s airports when it comes to firearms seized at security checkpoints.

The Transportation Security Administration says that through mid-December, it seized 65 firearms from passengers looking to board a plane with a gun in Denver.

TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein tells The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1AZdxsx ) that “passengers always say they just forgot that it was in their bag. It never ends up being something nefarious.”

Anyone who brings a firearm to an airport security checkpoint faces criminal penalties and a civil penalty up to $11,000.

More than 2,100 firearms were seized at security checkpoints nationwide, marking another year of steady increases in seizures dating to 2005, when there were only 660.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport topped the list of firearm seizures with 113.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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