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An out of state man is facing criminal charges after he checked some illegal handguns and a loaded rifle for a flight at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

He was arrested by New York City Port Authority police and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a large-capacity magazine, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of criminal possession of a defaced rifle. H allegedly a rifle covered in silver paint and another in purple, one of which was loaded. The silver and purple paint completely obscured the serial numbers on the rifles. Also in his checked baggage were a couple of handguns and two high-capacity magazines, all of which are illegal to carry in New York City. According to a spokesperson for the Port Authority, it is legal to carry unloaded shotguns and rifles in New York City with the proper permits. A legal shotgun was also in the man's possession at the time of his arrest.

It is unknown whether the man has retained counsel or been released on bail.

As state and municipal firearm laws vary greatly throughout the United States, it is always prudent to be aware of all laws concerning the transportation and possession of firearms in the different jurisdictions one is traveling to or passing through to one's destination via airplane, rail or by car. What is legal in one's home state could net a long prison sentence, hefty fines in addition and a felony record in others.

If faced with criminal charges for weapons violations or other felonies, it is imperative to retain the services of a competent defense lawyer well-versed in the state and local laws where the arrest occurred. mount a vigorous defense and ensure a defendant's rights are protected throughout the court process.

Source: cnn.com, "New York airport traveler faces weapons charges" Allie Malloy and Angela Johnson, Oct. 27, 2013

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