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Had a Bullet Casing Confiscated

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by achilles, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. achilles

    achilles Empty Pockets

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    I saw in another thread a picture of someone's key ring that looked like it had a spent .223 casing on it. A while back, I had a .50cal casing (with the opening hammered flat and a hole drilled through it, confiscated at LAX. The TSA officer said a spent casing was considered a weapon.

    I let them take it as I have a bucket full of them, but wondered if anyone has has had that happen with spent casings that are clearly for decoration (as opposed to being in the bottom of a bag or something)?
     
  2. zenlunatic

    zenlunatic Loaded Pockets

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    I try not to push my luck with such things. That and I know nothing about guns except that I support them. I try not to be fake :D
     
  3. matthammer

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    A bullet casing is a weapon? Oh, is there no end to the TSA's stupidity...

    I make lots of little things from bullets and spent casings. None of them have been confiscated yet, but that would probably change if I attempted to pass them through airport security.
     
  4. P35

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  5. vegassprky
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    Remember that they have to justify their job somehow!! If they don't confiscate anything they don't look like they are doing their job. Then they might have to work as a Walmart greeter!!!
     
  6. phaserrifle

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    at a guess, someone is mis-interpreting a rule banning the inert rounds where a spent casing has a fresh bullet placed in it, but no propellant. I dare say an enterprising person could make something which appears to be one of those, but in actuallity is a live round.

    or the rule intended to stop this is badly written.
     
  7. matthammer

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    Even if it were a live round it'd be basically harmless without a gun. Anyone who hand-strikes the primer on a live .50 deserves what they get.
     
  8. smith

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    thanks for reminding me why i try my hardest to stay away from airports
     
  9. Valerian

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    Well, a .50cal casing is rather large, if you mean the big machine gun round. It's also metal and heavyish. It doesn't take much imagination to find weapon-like applications for it.
     
  10. Buckles

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    was that my pic in the EDC thread?
     
  11. Dafabricata

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    I'll have to remember to take the .223 knob insert I made for my Tri-V off before flying....What a bunch of IDIOTS!! They might think it is ready to shoot!....***??

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Boy SureFire

    Boy SureFire May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way

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    Wow only 50 Cal that's weak sauce (just joking)... I've got 20MM, but I think TSA would call it a blunt force weapon, so I'd never take it with me.
     
  13. Crude

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    I like to think the tsa is for calming the public more then anything. Face it after 9/11 it became impossible to fly planes into buildings. Till then it was policy to sit tight, wait till the plane lands and negotiate. Now the passengers will no longer just wait till the end... box cutter or not. And if someone wanted to blow up a plane, do you think the tsa has considered all the options? What about surface to air missles on ships on the ocean? I'm just saying, the tsa is a joke.
     
  14. RoisonDubh

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    The only reason I could think of for confiscating it would be the possibility of powder residue setting off the chemical sniffers.....
     
  15. matthammer

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    But on that note, it doesn't take me much time to think of a weapon-like application for a pen or keychain or any one of a bunch of TSA accepted items. Actually, if I had to choose between a pen or a .50 casing as an offensive weapon... I'd go with the pen.
     
  16. Golden

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    How is this idiotic? You're daft if you expect to be able to bring ANY part of a firearm or piece of ammunition past airport security. It's all about theoretical threat, what if multiple persons managed to sneak a gun through security by having the different parts hidden or disguised as harmless objects? The TSA has failed these kinds of tests relating to explosive devices (and honestly will never be able to prevent them, if the aggressors are methodical enough), so I'm not shocked at this.
     
  17. Mcameron

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    exactly!

    i mean, given the advancements in Polymers, it is entirely possible to make an almost entirely synthetic gun that could be slipped past TSA scanners.....so much so.....that the only real part of the gun that would NEED to be metallic would the bullet casing and the projectile

    To them...its a case of better safe than sorry.
     
  18. jeeves3443

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    If you(I) weren't a flashaholic (especially a TSA non-flashaholic)I'd think the Tri-V was a weapon. Lol.
     
  19. Crude

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    Have you ever seen a pen gun? It's an entire .22lr gun contained in a pen. It looks like a pen under xray. But the TSA has yet to show any interest in the pens I carry on.
     
  20. Boy SureFire

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    They also have pen gas guns,