At only two days into the New Year, the busiest airport in the country is dealing with it's "first firearm found" at one of it's security checkpoints.

The TSA is using their "first" at Atlanta's airport to warn those who would fly with firearms about the penalty for improper procedure and the potential risk gun owners can face.

A spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration says the first handgun found for 2013 was found at a security checkpoint at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013. The gun was an unloaded .22 with 30 rounds of ammunition in a carry-on bag.

The TSA discovered 100 firearms at checkpoints at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in 2012. That is 69 more than the year before.

While it is NOT illegal to fly with a firearm, firearms can ONLY be transported in checked baggage. Travelers are advised to visit the TSA website for the latest rules and restrictions on flying with firearms.