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TSA: Second Gun Arrest In Days At JFK Airport

The Arrest Did Not Impact Airport Operations
TSA found this loaded gun inside a carry-on bag at a JFK checkpoint, May 21, 2013. (credit: TSA.)

TSA found this loaded gun inside a carry-on bag at a JFK checkpoint, May 21, 2013. (credit: TSA.)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man found carrying a loaded gun in his carry-on baggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been arrested, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

This is the second such arrest at JFK in four days, officials announced.

TSA screeners spotted the loaded gun inside the man’s bag Tuesday morning and alerted Port Authority Police. The officers confiscated the .22 caliber handgun that was loaded with two rounds and arrested the man on a state weapons charge, the TSA said.

According to officials, the man had a ticket for Hawaii. The arrest did not impact operations at JFK.

On Saturday, a man traveling to San Francisco was caught with an unloaded .40 caliber gun with two magazines, each loaded with three rounds of ammunition in his carry-on bag. That man was also arrested on a state weapons charge.

Already this year, four guns have been caught by security screeners at JFK.

Weapons are not permitted in carry-on bags. Passengers can carry firearms in checked bags if they are properly packed and declared, the TSA said.

Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and ammunition must be packed separately. However, the TSA reminds passengers firearm possession laws vary by state and locality, and airlines may have their own policies regarding the transport of guns.

Anyone seeking more information on traveling with firearms can click here.

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