SAN ANTONIO, TX (KXAN) — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at San Antonio International Airport confiscated a portable anti-tank gun from a male passenger’s checked-in luggage on Monday. according to a tweet.
The passenger was scheduled to fly from San Antonio to Las Vegas, where he planned to attend the Outdoor Shooting and Hunting Exhibit. According to the San Antonio Police Department, he planned to exhibit weapons at the exhibition – a demilitarized 84-mm Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle.
The TSA said the passenger failed to declare the weapon, which led to its confiscation. As soon as the anti-tank gun was located, security personnel identified the passenger and escorted him to their office.
The passenger was able to provide documents confirming the demilitarized status of the rifle. The TSA explosives specialist on duty also confirmed that it was no longer in use.
However, the TSA stated that it would not be able to fly with anti-tank weapons, so according to police, it arranged for a family member to retrieve it. The traveler was able to rebook his flight to Nevada.
The San Antonio Police Department said no charges have been filed at this time.
Currently, 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 registered bag in accordance with TSA regulations.
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 also specifies that it is illegal to own a rocket launcher unless it is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.