In the aftermath of 9/11, airport security measures have become much more strict. JFK International Airport is a major travel hub in New York City, particularly during the holidays. Due to security measures and NYC’s very stringent gun laws, arriving with a weapon to the airport can result in very severe criminal charges. If you intend to carry a gun to JFK International Airport, it is important that you familiarize yourself with New York City’s laws regarding travel with guns. There are several cases of travelers who illegally brought firearms to JFK.
One such incident occurred on September 6, 2016, only five days prior to the 15 anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On that morning, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at JFK prevented a man from carrying a loaded handgun onto a flight. He had a 9mm gun loaded with 15 bullets. The TSA officer at the checkpoint X-ray machine noticed the handgun while it was on the conveyor belt inside the carry-on bag belonging to the man. TSA stopped him at the checkpoint, and he was subsequently apprehended by Port Authority Police on state weapons charges.
Passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are in possession of the correct permits and if the guns are packaged in the proper manner and declared. Weapons, such as firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, and antique or realistic replica firearms are allowed in carry-on bags.
Those who carry firearms to the checkpoint run the risk of facing criminal charges from police and civil penalties from TSA. Firearm possession laws differ by state and locality, and it is recommended that travelers check those laws prior to taking a gun to the airport.
If you are facing arrest for carrying a gun to JFK International Airport, call the airport criminal defense attorneys at Brill Legal Group. They will create an effective defense for you so as to reach a favorable outcome.