Man With Loaded Rifle in Luggage Arrested at JFK

Bag had defaced rifle, 2 handguns

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 26, 2013 2:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Tennessee man has been arrested at New York's Kennedy International Airport after checking luggage containing a loaded, defaced rifle and other firearms, authorities say. Keenan Draughon was caught this morning trying to board a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, after Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police found the weapons. A police spokesman says Draughon also had high-capacity magazines, which are illegal in New York.

US Transportation Security Administration rules allow only unloaded weapons in checked luggage. No weapons are allowed in carry-on luggage. The spokesman says the serial numbers on two rifles were defaced. He says Draughon was also carrying two handguns in his checked luggage. The 23-year-old Clarksville man is being held pending an arraignment.

The man's case, containing two guns, which was seized by police at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The man's case, containing two guns, which was seized by police at John F. Kennedy International Airport.   (AP Photo/Port Authority of NY and NJ Police Department)
The case containing three guns.
The case containing three guns.   (AP Photo/Port Authority of NY and NJ Police Department)
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