TSA finds 3 firearms in carry-on bags at SA International, 66 nationwide

Passengers can face a penalty as high as $11,000

One of the firearms discovered by TSA last week

WASHINGTON, DC – The Transportation Safety Administration discovered 66 firearms last week in carry-on bags around the nation.

Of those, 61 were loaded. 

LINK: Breakdown of firearms discovered at airports

IMAGES: Firearms, knives discovered

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

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but you must first notify your airline. Click here for more information on how to properly travel with firearms.

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. 

Passengers can face a penalty as high as $11,000.

This story comes from KSAT sister station WJXT.