The 25-year-old was detained by the Border Guard at the airport in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. The man had 15 bullets and a practice grenade in his backpack. He explained that he didn’t know what was inside because he borrowed the backpack from a friend.
An unusual situation occurred on Tuesday, November 7. The 25-year-old Ukrainian wanted to fly to Malaga, but his plans were thwarted by Border Guard officers. It turned out that in his hand luggage the man had 15 rounds of live ammunition and a training grenade.
– The man did not have any appropriate permits to possess and export ammunition, which violated Art. 263 § 2 of the Penal Code, therefore he was detained and then interrogated. During a conversation with Border Guard officers, he explained that he was traveling from Ukraine and that he borrowed the backpack and its contents from a friend, completely unaware that there were dangerous items inside – said the spokeswoman for the Commander of the Nadwiślański Border Guard Unit, Capt. SG Dagmara Bielec.
The spokeswoman added that on Wednesday the man would be taken to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki for further action in the case. Possession of firearms or ammunition without the required permit is punishable by imprisonment from 6 months to 8 years.
Rules for transporting weapons
Border guards remind you that in order to transport firearms, gas weapons or ammunition, you must inform the airline representative at the airport. The passenger will then be asked to go to a special room to check the weapon and the documents held (a weapons permit, and in international traffic – also a consent to export it issued by the Police authority or a certificate issued by the Consul of the Republic of Poland and the “European Arms Charter”).
“It should also be noted that weapons transported by air should be unloaded and secured, and ammunition should be packed in a way that prevents it from hitting the cartridge primer. Firearms, gas weapons or ammunition should be placed in checked baggage or suitable as checked baggage, which is transported on board of the aircraft under constant supervision of the Border Guard,” the officers reminded.
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