So looking at some statistics on TSA’s instagram (https://www.instagram.com/tsa/) they claim to have intercepted 2,653 guns last year.
I find this astonishing and unbelievable. If someone asked me, “How many guns would you guess got intercepted in a year?” I would have guessed close to zero. Maybe I’m just naïve, but I absolutely cannot conceive of how - or even why - anyone would try to bring a gun in their carry on. (Especially when you are allowed to check the gun as baggage.) I know it’s always futile to underestimate human stupidity, but I refuse to believe anyone could be that stupid.
So, my question is: What are the reasons / explanations people claim when they get caught? I’m going to assume that anyone who claims they “forgot they had a gun” or “didn’t know guns weren’t allowed” is just a unimaginative liar. Are there any other explanations for why people try this, and why they think they can get away with it?