LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- TSA representatives say the agency is aiming to keep travelers safe -- and on Thursday, they gave a demonstration on how to pack a gun for the plane. 

TSA says more people are carrying to the checkpoint. If you want to travel with a firearm, it must be unloaded and inside a locked case. You need to take the gun case to the ticketing area to be inspected, and from there it's treated like a normal checked bag.

TSA says not following these rules can come with serious consequences. 

"They'll be subject to a civil penalty -- up to $7,500 -- if they bring it to the checkpoint, on top of any other proceedings that may happen based on what state and local law is," said TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell.

More than 2,000 guns were taken to checkpoints nationwide last year. Twelve were at Louisville's airport. 

Nine have been found at Louisville's airport so far this year. 

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