The federal Transportation Security Administration recovered a record number of guns from airline passengers’ carry-on bags last year, the agency announced Thursday.

TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger credited his employees, who he said were better trained to interdict firearms.

He did not say, however, if other factors were at play, such as a possible increase in the number of people trying to travel with guns.

Neffenger’s predecessor, acting TSA Administrator Melvin Carraway, was reassigned in June after an internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security found screening failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, including missed weapons, fake…

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