Man who packed anti-tank rifle in suitcase at San Antonio airport won't face charges

The weapon of war was disarmed, and the man planned to bring it to Las Vegas to be used as a prop at a trade show.

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click to enlarge The 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle was discovered in a man's luggage at San Antonio International Airport on Monday. - Twitter / TSA_SouthWest
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The 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle was discovered in a man's luggage at San Antonio International Airport on Monday.
The man who packed an anti-tank rifle in his luggage at San Antonio International Airport earlier this week won't face charges, the Express-News reports.

Transportation Security Agency (TSA) personnel confiscated the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle Monday after it was discovered in the man's luggage, an incident that quickly grabbed national headlines.

However, the man — who hasn't been publicly identified — had legitimate reason to carry the weapon of war in his checked luggage, authorities told the Express-News. He was heading to Las Vegas, where it was to be used as a prop in a shooting and hunting trade show.

The traveler declared the rifle to the airline at check-in, according to the TSA Southwest Division's Twitter account. What's more, it had been disarmed before the flight, the daily reports.

Even so, TSA officials chose not to allow high-powered weapon onto the aircraft.

Numbers collected by the federal agency suggest there was reason for agents to be cautious: Texans have a bad habit of bringing guns onto planes.

A record 6,542 weapons were confiscated at airports across the nation last year, according to the TSA. Of those, a total of 833 were found in luggage at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Houston Intercontinental and Austin-Bergstrom. All three landed in the feds' rankings of the 10 airports with the highest number of gun confiscations.

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