Passengers with guns in carry-on bags at Pittsburgh International Airport could end up losing their concealed carry permit.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that they will request County Sheriffs to rescind concealed carry permits due to negligence for bringing the gun in their carry-on.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steve Kaufman says it appears that 2021 will be a record-breaking year for the number of guns found in passengers' carry-on bags at the airport.

Kaufman says passengers that are interviewed after a gun is found in their carry-on almost always claim to have forgotten that the gun was in the bag and no criminal charges are filed.

The Department of Justice hopes the rescinding of concealed carry permits is a deterrent to negligent gun owners.

The Allegheny County Sheriff's Office is in cooperation with the DOJ to revoke permits of those that have acted negligently. They are also contacting Sheriff's Offices in other western Pennsylvania counties to request the same policy.

DOJ representatives say Pittsburgh International passengers from Ohio will also have a request sent to their local Sheriff's Offices requesting that their permit be revoked.

So far in 2021, TSA agents at Pittsburgh International have detected 27 guns at security checkpoints.