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.

Steve Hughes

Local news editor at the Press of Atlantic City. SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University grad. New Jersey transplant.