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

Tom Gantert

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.

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.

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.

Comments (54)
Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The stupidity of the rich sports figures will never cease to amaze me.

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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

“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."

Are you fucking kidding me?

He tried to bring a GUN on a commercial airplane!

When your bag goes through those X-ray machines on the conveyor belt, they aren't looking for girl scout cookies!

NomonK
NomonK

I just dont agree with the ridiculous liberal gun control laws.
The man has a legally owned gun and a legal Carry permit and he is arrested.
While I have known for years that carryon bags would be a stupid place for a handgun at an airport.

GDobson
GDobson

His lawyer made the statement to ESPN....

Dra71
Dra71

I hope he sues them for trying to take away his 2A rights

DR226
DR226

22 years old made $16.8 million first year. With that kind of money hire a body guard, educate yourself on local gun laws. Gangsta wanna be. You won't see farmers, health care workers, home builders, law enforcement, or any other profession critical to life make near that kind of money.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

He didn't try to carry it on a plane who ever said that get your facts straight he was at the delta check in and what a lot of people don't know is NY and there libturdes violate federal law because it says you are to declare it and now he has enough money to fight these idiot's up there

Raymelson
Raymelson

He'll walk they do lock up people like him he'll pay a fine an want have nothing on his record an he's a legal gun owner with a permit an I'm ok with that

Bob Sumpf
Bob Sumpf

There are two carry permits issued in the State of New York. One is issued by New York City and according to them (NYC) you can carry ANYWHERE in N Y S. The second is issued by New York State which encompasses the rest of the ENTIRE State, though it is the same background checks on both - NYC does NOT recognize the NYS carry permit!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

No ammo, no malicious intent. NY laws are intended to punish law abiding citizens. If you're a career criminal, they just spit you right out.

Harleychc
Harleychc

No bail state ny. Bs laws to mess with the law abiding and let the crazies run amuck. Just so the libtards can get more felon votes. Wake up America!

Whutsup
Whutsup

Sounds like he did not have the weapon in permitted and should have not been flying without the correct paperwork...children

rds40
rds40

New indoor range a few miles from Metlife. Probably practicing and forgot.

This really isn't that rare.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Is this entitled, over paid, so called athlete already a member of the National Felon League or does he just want to be. Just wondering.🤔

cops-kid
cops-kid

Welcome to NY, Thanks for flying Delta... have a nice day

Vinman505
Vinman505

I am a retired LEO and carry with the LEOSA and won’t carry in NY because of their ridiculous laws. We used to vacation there each summer For Yankee games and winter for Macy’s parade. Since the FBI agent got charged for carrying LEOSA I haven’t gone back.

Deny777
Deny777

He is a wonderful, sweet kid. I guarantee you he had NO IDEA about NY's gun laws. I stand with Quinnen on this one. Honest mistake.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Stupid is as stupid does

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

Can people grow a brain or has this generation de-evolutionized?

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

He was at the check in counter, it is obvious even if the story did not state it that he was trying to check the bag and his gun. Otherwise how would he have been arrested at the counter? C'mon people use some common sense. This is a very anti-gun City that has laws that would have most of us arrested for exercising our 2nd amendment rights. Which this young man was doing. I see no reason to criticize him. He has a permit in his home state. He is obviously a law abiding citizen caught in New Yorks anti-American laws.


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