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San juan man arrested at JFK after TSA finds gun hidden in the tender, officials say

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A man from Jamaica was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, after security discovered a handgun and a 20 stray bullets hidden in a tarlike substance, the officials said.

Transportation Security Administration officers found the .40-caliber handgun and bullets under a non-identified man’s carry-on items at the security checkpoint, the agency said in a statement.

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The gun was wrapped in what appeared to be fiberglass and it’s hidden in a case that has been covered with black tar, the TSA said. The airlines will not allow travelers to carry firearms onto planes in carry-on baggage, even if they have concealed carry permits.

Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from the ammunition, the TSA said.
(Transportation Security Administration)

The Port Authority Police department, the gun will be confiscated and held in the husband for questioning, ” the statement said. He was later arrested on weapons charges. It was unclear whether or not he is the owner of the gun, or has had a license for it.

TSA officers have detected six guns at JFK airport security checkpoints so far this year. Two guns were found near the airport, in 2018, the year in which it 4,239 firearms were discovered in carry-on in a rural location, the agency said.

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Passengers are permitted to travel in the interior, with guns only if they are properly packed in checked baggage and declared to the airline, the TSA said. Details on how to properly deal with firearms and can also be found on the TSA’s web site.

Firearms are to be brought to the checkpoint can result in a criminal prosecution, the agency said.

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