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Brooklyn man arrested for bringing gun inside a shoebox to JFK Airport

April 27, 2015 From the TSA
TSA officers detected this handgun tucked in a shoebox belonging to a Brooklyn man at JFK Airport on Friday. Photo courtesy of TSA

A New York resident was arrested after Transportation Security Administration officers stopped him from bringing a loaded .25 caliber handgun onto a plane on Friday afternoon, April 24.  

The man, a resident of Brooklyn, had the handgun, which was loaded with six rounds, hidden inside a shoebox. The man had the shoebox among his carry-on items when he arrived at the security checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun as it passed along the checkpoint conveyor belt. The man claimed that he did not know the gun was in the shoebox.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Port Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the firearm and arrested the man on a state weapons charge. There was no impact to airport operations.

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