PACKING MISHAP: Prosecutors said there was no evidence to contradict his story that he had forgotten the ammunition in his bag
Date: Mar 23, 2019
By: Cheng Shu-ting and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office on Tuesday decided not to charge a US citizen arrested on Nov. 14 last year at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for having 100 rounds of ammunition in his carry-on backpack.
Yu, a US citizen of Taiwanese descent, was reportedly boarding a flight to Vancouver, Canada, when airport police discovered two boxes in his backpack, each containing 50 rounds of .22 long rifle rimfire ammunition.
The ammunition can be used in rifles and handguns. It is popular for target practice and among small-game hunters, but is regarded as too low-powered for other applications.
The man said he bought the ammunition legally from an outdoor supply shop near his home in Washington State, carried it to a range for recreational shooting and forgot about it, later using the same pack to travel, police said. [FULL STORY]