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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents screen passengers at Los Angeles International Airport on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Transportation Security Administration discovered fewer firearms at McCarran International Airport last year.

TSA officers found 59 firearms during routine screening of departing passengers' carry-on bags in 2019, according to a TSA news release. That is down from the 62 discovered at the checkpoint in 2017.

Nationwide last year, 4,239 firearms, or about 11 per day, were discovered in carry-ons, about a 7 percent increase from the 3,957 found in 2017, the release said.

The number of firearms discovered in carry-on luggage nationwide has in creased year over year since 2015.

Firearms can be transported on a commercial flight only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and put in checked baggage, the release said. Ammunition and firearm parts must be checked. Firearms and firearm replicas of any type are not permitted in carry-on bags.

During check-in at the airport, a passenger must declare the firearm, ammunition and any firearm parts. Passengers who bring a firearm to the TSA checkpoint are subject to a civil penalty, which can start at $2,000 and be as high as $10,000.

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