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Mistaken identity: TSA finds gun-shaped toilet paper roller in bag at Newark airport

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Transportation Security Administration agents at Newark Liberty International Airport uncovered a more decorative than deadly item when they checked a passenger's carry-on.

Agents Tuesday thought there was a gun in the bag when they put it through the X-ray machine. However, a closer inspection revealed a gun-shaped toilet paper roller.

The realistic replica gun was designed to spin paper instead of bullets.

Travelers are not permitted to bring real or replica firearms through security checkpoints.

TSA says it gave the man the option to place it in a checked bag, hand it off to a companion or surrender it. He decided to give it to TSA.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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