NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Officers made a dangerous discovery at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday.

Transportation Security Administration officers found an assault rifle in a checked bag inside Terminal C.

The rifle, along with a high-powered magazine and ammunition, was hidden behind the lining of a suitcase.

“Our TSA officers are very skilled at detecting firearms and other prohibited items,” said Tom Carter, TSA’s Federal Security Director for New Jersey. “In this case, they detected an assault rifle, which is illegal in New Jersey; a high-capacity magazine, which is also illegal in New Jersey; four boxes of hollow-point bullets, again, illegal in New Jersey; three magazines, one of which was fully loaded; and two additional boxes of rifle ammunition.

“This was an incredibly good catch on the part of our officers because the traveler attempted to evade detection by concealing the items beneath the lining of his suitcase,” Carter added.

Port Authority Police said they tracked down the passenger — a resident of East Orange.

He and his travel companion were both arrested.

  1. James Young says:

    Please make the correction on this article, this is not an assault rifle, it is an AR 15 Pistol, the TSA made an error in the description, it is better to report accuracy that inaccurate information, this is misleading, though the weapon was being transported improperly which is a violation of the Laws of New York. Please when describing weapons and their variations please hire an expert, and I don’t mean the TSA, Law-enforcement but an actual gun-smith, to give validity to any account concerning various weapons. I can make this statement because I am prior military, and a Gun owner, and I do consult the experts, and not people that think they know firearms.

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