TSA finds demilitarized anti-tank rifle in checked luggage at San Antonio airport

TSA agents in Texas found an undeclared anti-tank rifle stowed in checked luggage – but the owner has escaped charges after proving he demilitarized the piece.  

The 84MM Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle was deconstructed and packed in its hard-shell case when discovered during the baggage screening process in San Antonio on Monday.

The owner, who has not been publicly identified, was tracked down by airport security, and explained to them that the weapon he was carting across state borders was in fact just an exhibit item for the SHOT show in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

He was able to provide company paperwork that showed the rifle was made unusable – or demilitarized – which was later also confirmed by a TSA explosives expert. 

The anti-tank rifle was discovered by TSA agents at San Antonio International Airport in Texas

The anti-tank rifle was discovered by TSA agents at San Antonio International Airport in Texas

In a tweet posted by the agency's account, an image of the weapon, snug in its packing case, was shared, along with instructions on how to legally travel with firearms

In a tweet posted by the agency’s account, an image of the weapon, snug in its packing case, was shared, along with instructions on how to legally travel with firearms 

Still, TSA officers decided the potentially deadly weapon would not be allowed on the aircraft. A family member of the unidentified owner came to retrieve the rifle, and he was allowed to rebook his departing flight. 

The San Antonio Police Department told Dailymail.com that no charges are pending in the case at this time. 

Transportation Security Administration rules for transporting firearms

  • Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage
  • Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only 
  • Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only
  • When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments
  • Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins,
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