NEWARK (PIX11) – Port Authority police arrested a Indiana man who tried to bring a Soviet-style AK-47 onto a Chicago-bound flight from Newark Tuesday.
TSA officers called police to the baggage screening area after they found the assault rifle and three loaded clips in 23-year-old Adam Urbano’s checked baggage, according the PAPD.
The gun was not properly packed or declared to the airline, according to TSA officials.
After discovering the gun, police tracked down Urbano in the terminal and arrested him on a charges of unlawful possession of an assault firearm and a prohibited weapon-large capacity ammunition magazine.
Urbano, who had no paperwork for the rifle, told officers that he bought the weapon and ammunition for “recreational purposes.”
He was ticketed to fly to Chicago-Midway Airport.
All firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition, according to the TSA.