SAN ANTONIO, Texas. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at San Antonio International Airport confiscated a portable anti-tank gun from a male passenger’s luggage on Monday. according to a tweet.
The passenger was on a flight from San Antonio to Las Vegas, where he was scheduled to attend an outdoor shooting and hunting exhibit. According to the San Antonio Police Department, the passenger planned to display the weapon – a demilitarized 84mm Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle – at the exhibition.
The TSA said the passenger failed to declare the weapon, prompting them to confiscate it. After finding an anti-tank rifle, the agents identified the passenger and escorted him to the office.
When TSA took the passenger to their office, he was able to provide documents confirming his demilitarized status. The TSA explosives specialist on duty also confirmed that it was no longer in use.
SAPD said no charges have been filed at this time. After answering questions from the TSA, the passenger was able to rebook his flight to Nevada, albeit without the demilitarized rifle. According to the SAPD, the TSA stated that it would not be able to fly propeller-driven anti-tank weapons, so it arranged for a family member to pick it up.
It is legal to travel with a firearm if the passenger declares it, keeps the weapon unloaded and stores it in a lockable hard-sided container in a checked bag.
The Carl-Gustaf M4 84mm recoilless rifle is a man-portable rocket launcher designed and manufactured by Swedish defense giant SAAB Bofors Dynamics, according to Military Today.
The Texas Gun Code states that it is illegal to own a rocket launcher unless it is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.