The old LVCVA motto goes “What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas.” Well, that assumes you can get that “what” into town. A man recently tried to get his anti-tank weapon on a plane headed to Las Vegas.
The passenger was attempting to fly from San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio, Texas on Monday. He was headed to the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (or SHOT Show) happening through Friday in Las Vegas. The event is privy to the fact that weapons will be around. The Transportation Safety Administration? They weren’t.
Today @TSA officers @SATairport discovered this 84 mm caliber weapon in checked luggage. It was undeclared, as required when traveling with firearms or weapons. Here's info about traveling with firearm. https://t.co/FjDYDrQV0E #Monday #SafetyFirst pic.twitter.com/ax5sqxHNYX— TSA_SouthWest (@Tsa_SouthWest) January 16, 2023
When the TSA took a look inside, they spotted what you see above. It’s an 84mm anti-tank bazooka-like whopper of a weapon. Whoa. A little more dangerous than a nail clipper. Now, before you ask, yes it is legal to own one of these in Texas – you just need an extensive background check. Thank goodness.
You can’t bring a gun on a plane! (Can you?!)
Yes, you can actually bring guns on planes. It just requires that you have the gun unloaded in a checked bag, and that you declare you checked a weapon. Well, we declare, this guy did not do that. Because of that, the San Antonio Police Department is investigating and will determine if any charges will be pressed against him.
Far too many weapons were discovered in carry-on bags in 2022! Shout out to our officers for their continuous efforts keeping the traveling public safe. Learn how to properly travel with firearms & ammunition here: https://t.co/W6ZXxQT1QC pic.twitter.com/BTbPbh1TBU— TSA (@TSA) January 17, 2023
This story comes just in time for the latest numbers from the Transportation Safety Administration showing that the number of firearms found at TSA checkpoints is rising pretty dramatically. 88 percent of the firearms found without being declared are loaded, which is a huge no-no.
So, the next time you think about bringing your bazooka on a plane, make sure you let the nearest TSA agent know. This is your public service announcement, one guy with a bazooka.