Airport security found a little more than expected during a routine pre-flight check in at JFK on Saturday morning when 23-year-old male passenger was found to be travelling with four illegal firearms.
The man, identified as Keenan A. Draughon, 23, of 116 Hickory Trace Road in Clarksville, Tennessee was carrying two handguns and two rifles, which had their serial numbers defaced, along with two high capacity magazines.
District Attorney Brown cautioned travelers to be aware of the laws regarding firearms while travelling and cautioned of both the danger and the penalty for such an offense, “Firearms illegally possessed in this city pose a serious and deadly threat to public safety… violators may find themselves being arrested and charged with serious felonies.”
According to the charges, Draughon approached the United Airlines counter at JFK Airport’s Terminal 8 at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013, and said he had two cases containing firearms that he wanted to check in for his flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.
The cases allegedly contained a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol, a Highpoint 9mm pistol, two high-capacity magazines capable of holding 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition, one defaced .22-caliber rifle with one round in the chamber and another .22- caliber rifle with its serial number defaced.
Draughon is presently being held pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a seven-count criminal complaint charging him with four counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of violating New York City Administrative Code 10-131-H-2 (Firearms/Violation No Carrying case, Rifle/Shotgun).
If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.