Exploding Bullets Cause Bomb Scare At Miami Airport

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A man has been arrested at Miami's airport after FBI and TSA officials said his luggage contained volatile gun parts, which caused his bag to explode Tuesday just before it was about to be loaded on a plane. Maybe he was just trying to pull a Speedy Gonzalez, and give the plane rocket boosters. Yeah, probably not. Plus that was the Coyote guy who did that anyway. [NBC Miami]

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There are enough technical problems and unanswered questions in the NBC article to make a gun nerd like me have an aneurism.

First, WTF are "bullet primers"? It sounds to me like they just meant primers. Primers are at the completely opposite end of a round of ammunition from the bullet.

Second, ignoring for a moment that primers are in fact illegal to carry by air, how were they packed? Primers in their original packaging shouldn't mass detonate. Now, if the guy was an extra dumb ass and had them loaded into tubes or banging around in a coffee can, then I can see that being a problem.

Third, primers aren't firearm parts, they're ammo components.

Last, who the hell is in charge of figuring out what to arrest that guy for, Walter Sobchak? "Traveling in interstate commerce without a license to carry ammunition" sounds pretty close to "keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city - that aint legal either" to me. Especially since it's not against the law. This guy should be charged with attempting to ship hazmat improperly.