An Indiana man is facing state weapons charges after airport security found a Soviet-style AK-47 and several clips of ammunition in his checked bag.
Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo told NBC 10 that Southwest Airlines notified officers as the 23-year-old man tried to go through security on Thursday night.
The Valparaiso resident told officers he purchased the weapon, which was in a soft case, and 70 rounds of ammunition, for recreational purposes. But the Transportation Security Administration says he didn't properly pack or declare the weapon at the time of check-in.
He's being held on $50,000 bail, charged with unlawful possession of an assault firearm and large-capacity ammunition magazines.