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Atlanta airport ranks #1 for confiscated guns, Wynonna Judd says "I'm not packing"

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Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials confiscated 100 guns last year, more than any other airport in the entire nation. This year they've picked up 67 guns in carry-on luggage. Now they said it's time to take action to prevent the problem.

CBS Atlanta News ran into country music singer Wynonna Judd at the airport Thursday and she weighed in on the issue.

"I'm not packing," Judd said.

Judd knows not to bring a gun to the Atlanta airport, but apparently others don't and the airport has added new warning signs to educate travelers.

"The Atlanta Police Department will arrest you and charge you for that violation," Atlanta police Chief George Turner.

The Transportation Security Administration said Atlanta is on pace to confiscate more guns this year than last, and just this week one was taken out of a passengers carry-on luggage.

"You can't take guns on airplanes," Airport General Manager Louis Miller said.

"Duh," Judd said.

Atlanta police said every time they respond to a call about a gun in someone's luggage, it takes two officers more than an hour to process the traveler.

"Every time TSA discovers a firearm in a bag at the checkpoint it delays the screening process for other travelers at the checkpoint," TSA Federal Security Director Mary Leftridge said.

"If there's a rule, there's a rule. It's not my rule," Judd said.

Airport officials tell us you can travel with a gun as long as you put it in your checked luggage and notify the airline in advance. If you do that you shouldn't have any problems.

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