Someone tried to fly from San Antonio to Las Vegas with this 84mm caliber anti-tank rifle on Monday, but they were stopped by TSA agents.
Security officers confiscated the powerful 84-mm caliber weapon used to destroy tanks, from a passenger at the San Antonio International Airport.
The Transportation Security Agency said on a Twitter post,t that officers found the gun in a passenger’s checked luggage. The rifle was not declared, as is required with all weapons.
San Antonio police spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez said the firearm was going with the passenger to a firearms show here in Las Vegas, where the gun would have been displayed.
The passenger showed paperwork proving the rifle was “demilitarized,” and a TSA explosives specialist confirmed it would not fire, she said. Still, a TSA supervisor said the undeclared rifle would not be allowed onboard the aircraft, and the passenger’s family retrieved the weapon.
No charged are pending, Rodriguez said.
The gun is a Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle, which is a shoulder-fired combat weapon designed to destroy tanks, clear obstacles and engage enemies in buildings, according to Swedish defense company Saab.
This might be one of the more unusual, but TSA officers often find undeclared weapons on passengers. In 2022, the TSA seized a record 6,542 weapons from carry-on luggage, according to figures released Tuesday.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport ranked second for the number of confiscations at 385, behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with 448.
Passengers must declare firearms with the airline when checking a bag at the ticket counter, according to the TSA. Firearms must be unloaded, locked in a hard-sided container and transported only as a checked bag.
WE all know not to bring liquids, knives, etc. through security. An anti-tank rifle? In all seriousness – HOW???
Think people, THINK!!
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