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NFL Star Arrested At Airport With Gun In His Carry-On Bag

NFL player is arrested at a New York airport for having a gun that was not registered in that state.

New York, NY – The New York Jets first-round draft pick Quinnen Williams was arrested March 5 for carrying a handgun at LaGuardia Airport.

ESPN reported he was carrying a Glock 19 handgun in a carry-on bag and was arrested at the Delta check-in counter at about 9:15 p.m.

Williams, 22, had an Alabama permit for the weapon but it was unlicensed in New York, according to the New York Post.

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Dozens of people are arrested every year while trying to declare their guns at the airport, unknowingly running afoul of the state’s anti-gun laws. It’s unclear if Williams attempted to declare his gun.

The Port Authority Police said that Williams did not have ammunition in his possession. That was a revision of the Port Authority Police’s earlier statement that said Williams did have ammunition but not inside the gun, ESPN reported.

Williams was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Alex Spiro, the attorney for Williams, released a statement.

“Mr. Williams respects and follows the law,” the statement read, according to ESPN. “There was allegedly a technical issue with the manner in which the lawfully owned firearm was stored — and we expect the matter to be resolved shortly.”

The New York Jets released a statement that said they were aware of the situation but wouldn’t comment because it was a pending legal matter, according to ESPN.

Williams was released from custody and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 25, according to the Birmingham News.

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Williams made $16.8 million in 2019, his first season in the National Football League. Williams was the No. 3 pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft out of Alabama.

He played two seasons in college for the Crimson Tide before turning pro. He signed a four-year deal with the Jets that is set to pay him $32.5 million. Williams played 13 games with the Jets in 2019. He had 2.5 sacks and 28 tackles.

Tom Gantert - March Sun, 2020

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