Indiana man arrested after rifle found in baggage at airport

Police found an AK-47 and three loaded clips in an Indiana man's luggage at a Newark airport.
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An Indiana man was arrested Wednesday after TSA agents found a rifle in his checked baggage at a New Jersey airport.

Officers at Newark Liberty Airport noticed the AK-47 assault rifle and three loaded magazine clips in the unidentified man's luggage. Agents say the gun had not been properly packed and was not declared to the airline when the man checked in.

Agents found the Indiana resident in the terminal and arrested him on a state weapons charge. The man was scheduled to fly to Chicago-Midway Airport.

TSA release on weapons on airlines

As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—can be transported in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline. Passengers who bring undeclared and improperly packed guns to the airport are subject to possible criminal charges from local law enforcement officials as well as civil penalties from TSA.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.