Security at JFK International Airport is strict, and with the holidays approaching, it is likely to become even more stringent. If you are flying out of JFK, and you intend to bring a weapon, you should become acquainted with New York City’s laws regarding traveling with guns. If you are unaware of the laws, you could face serious criminal charges.
Such was the case for two women who attempted to carry guns through security checkpoints at JFK. They did not seem to be working together, although they were caught at approximately the same time. It was shortly after 7:00 a.m. on a Thursday morning in February 2015.
In the first instance, a TSA officer whose X-ray machine detected a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a purse, stopped a woman from Chatham, New York. She said she did not remember the gun was in her bag. Police apprehended her on a weapons charge.
In the second instance, a woman from Brooklyn was carrying, inside her luggage, a CO2-powered BB gun, which looks nearly identical to the .40-caliber handgun found on the first woman. She was given a summons.
While weapons and ammunition are not permitted to be carried onto a plane, travelers are allowed to transport firearms provided they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side locked case separate from ammunition, and declared to the airline.
Furthermore, travelers are advised to contact the airline in advance of their flight because each airline has its own policies regarding traveling with guns. Moreover, because weapons possession laws differ by state and locality, it is recommended that travelers become familiar with the firearm laws for each state to and from which they are traveling.
If you were arrested for going through airport security with a weapon at JFK International Airport, call the airport criminal defense attorneys at Brill Legal Group. They will fight vigorously for your rights, and endeavor to reach a favorable resolution to your case.