JAMAICA, N.Y. – Transportation Security Administration officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) prevented an Orange County, New York, man from bringing a loaded semi-automatic handgun onto a flight on Thursday, April 7.
The Wallkill, New York, resident was stopped at the checkpoint with the firearm and later was arrested by Port Authority Police on state charges after the TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the man’s carry-on bag.
The gun was loaded with 10 bullets, including one in the chamber.
As a reminder, weapons—including firearms, firearm parts, ammunition and antique or realistic replica firearms—are not permitted in carry-on bags. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.
TSA’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.