Reports: Quinnen Williams arrested at LaGuardia Airport for unlawful weapons possession

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New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York City and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, according to multiple reports.

Williams was arrested at the airport after trying to board a flight at approximately 9:15 p.m. ET. Williams was in possession of a gun that had an Alabama permit.

Williams was the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft last year by the Jets. The former University of Alabama standout was being processed by the Port Authority Police Department on Thursday night before the case gets referred to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Williams appeared in 13 games with nine starts for the Jets during his rookie season. He recorded 28 tackles with 2.5 sacks.

54 responses to “Reports: Quinnen Williams arrested at LaGuardia Airport for unlawful weapons possession

  1. Not a Jets fan….but why? Why do you need to be carrying a gun??? Hire security if you feel that unsafe. Ugh. You have the funds.

  2. Anyone who plans to travel with a firearm must know the laws. New York is not a free state.

  3. NY does not play around with gun charges, especially when boarding flights. What a colossal moron. Looking more and more every month like a total bust. Why in the world would you pass up on a good pass rusher like Allen for this clown, especially when youre in desperate need of a pass rush? Macc shouldve been fired long ago smh.

  4. Yep, I know better than to take my concealed carry into New York State…I wouldn’t be coming back.

  5. I am not going to say that Mr. Williams lacks intelligence and/or common sense. However, his actions do show a lack of forethought and planning. Flying out of LaGuardia? Really? C’mon on, man…

  6. The penalty for this varies by state. In Texas they give you a $250 ticket and let you take the gun back to your car. In NYC, you go directly to jail and it’s a felony.

  7. Wow, this guy must have done incredible in his studies at college. You can’t take a 12oz bottle of Shampoo on the flight, so what makes you think you can be packing heat??

  8. Getting his gun into NY was no problem it seems but getting it back to his permit state was quite a different story.damn, if he had only thought about driving back with his gun,but thinking doesnt seem to be this dudes strong point.

  9. randalpnaditch says:
    March 6, 2020 at 1:17 am
    Anyone who plans to travel with a firearm must know the laws. New York is not a free state.-
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    Doesn’t matter whether it’s a free state or not , it’s against the law to bring a gun in your carry-on bag . Anyone who plans to travel with a firearm must know the laws.

  10. So If he’s about to board a plane that means he passed security. How did he pass through security with the gun? That is as concerning as why he would need to take a gun on a plane.

  11. billh1947 says:
    March 6, 2020 at 8:19 am
    Getting his gun into NY was no problem it seems but getting it back to his permit state was quite a different story.damn, if he had only thought about driving back with his gun,but thinking doesnt seem to be this dudes strong point.
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    Or simply putting it in your checked luggage…

  12. This guy is a representative for a whole class of people who are the reason we have warning labels on lighters that say keep away from flames and bags that say not a toy.

  13. He was drafted by Mike maccagnan, using the #3 pick overall.
    Another high bust for Maccagnan.
    And its the owner, Chris Johnson, who enabled him to do it.
    Only firing him after he wrecked the draft for the Jets.

  14. randalpnaditch says:
    March 6, 2020 at 1:17 am
    Anyone who plans to travel with a firearm must know the laws. New York is not a free state.

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    Umm, who travels on a plane with a “fire arm”?

    lol

    Unless you’re a Marshal, FBI, etc, no one should be traveling with guns on planes. My goodness.

  15. Antonio Brown Where Are You? says:
    March 6, 2020 at 8:37 am
    He was drafted by Mike maccagnan, using the #3 pick overall.
    Another high bust for Maccagnan.
    And its the owner, Chris Johnson, who enabled him to do it.
    Only firing him after he wrecked the draft for the Jets.

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    All they have to do is figure out if their top 10 potential selection would be on NE’s draft board.

    I’d bet money BB had the inside line on this bum from Saban. How do you botch top 10 picks so regularly like this? lol!

  16. This same thing happened to a friend of mine. He likes to shoot and has a carry bag that has about 25 different pockets and zippers.

    Was traveling to NY and bag got pulled in the scanner. He forgot he had a handgun in one of the zippered pockets after doing a shooting competition a couple days earlier. (He shot 8 or 9 different guns and cleaned and stored 7 or 8).

    Off to jail! It was a Friday afternoon so no judge, no bail, just sit in the Indianapolis county lockup over a nice hot summer weekend. He’s also an investment adviser and nearly got kicked out of the business for that one little lapse. FINRA doesn’t like people who get arrested, especially for the scary charge of trying to take a gun onto an airplane.

    Never mind it was not loaded and he had no ammunition for it. It was at that point as dangerous as a laptop.

    Cost him $10,000 in legal fees, had to miss work for 2 months, a total disaster. And for what exactly?

  17. It is VERY possible that he was legal with the firearm at the airport and they decided to arrest him anyway.

    You are legally allowed to travel with a firearm as long as certain specific conditions are met.

    There have been MULTIPLE instances of travelers doing that and the Port Authority Police flat out arrest them anyway.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    March 6, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Umm, who travels on a plane with a “fire arm”?

    lol

    Unless you’re a Marshal, FBI, etc, no one should be traveling with guns on planes. My goodness.
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    Thousands of Law Abiding Citizens every year, that’s who.

    There is a legal way to do it.

    You have it unloaded in a lockable container in a bag or suitcase as part of your checked luggage.

    There have been multiple instances in NY and NJ of people doing this legally and still being arrested.

    Lets get the facts before we make judgement.

    Quinnen may have not followed correct protocol and maybe the arrest was legitimate, but like I said, he may have been fine and they may have arrested him anyway.

  19. Bigger issue here is why a guy who is big and strong enough take on half a bar full of men by himself feels the need to carry a gun anyway.

    Most likely due to running with the wrong folks and hanging with the wrong people.

  20. atthemurph says:
    March 6, 2020 at 9:05 am
    This same thing happened to a friend of mine. He likes to shoot and has a carry bag that has about 25 different pockets and zippers.

    Was traveling to NY and bag got pulled in the scanner. He forgot he had a handgun in one of the zippered pockets after doing a shooting competition a couple days earlier. (He shot 8 or 9 different guns and cleaned and stored 7 or 8).

    Off to jail! It was a Friday afternoon so no judge, no bail, just sit in the Indianapolis county lockup over a nice hot summer weekend. He’s also an investment adviser and nearly got kicked out of the business for that one little lapse. FINRA doesn’t like people who get arrested, especially for the scary charge of trying to take a gun onto an airplane.

    Never mind it was not loaded and he had no ammunition for it. It was at that point as dangerous as a laptop.

    Cost him $10,000 in legal fees, had to miss work for 2 months, a total disaster. And for what exactly?

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    Thinking he is cool after watching too many gangster movies?

  21. I really hate to be *that* guy but I just don’t know how you forget you have a gun while traveling. Just two weeks ago, I had to buy shaving razors when I was out of town and I was darn near paranoid about accidentally packing them.

  22. tommyribs says:
    March 6, 2020 at 9:32 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 6, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Umm, who travels on a plane with a “fire arm”?

    lol

    Unless you’re a Marshal, FBI, etc, no one should be traveling with guns on planes. My goodness.
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    Thousands of Law Abiding Citizens every year, that’s who.

    There is a legal way to do it.

    You have it unloaded in a lockable container in a bag or suitcase as part of your checked luggage.

    There have been multiple instances in NY and NJ of people doing this legally and still being arrested.

    Lets get the facts before we make judgement.

    Quinnen may have not followed correct protocol and maybe the arrest was legitimate, but like I said, he may have been fine and they may have arrested him anyway.

    3 3 Rate This

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    Well, obviously, they’re not “law abiding” if their wielding weapons in public places after 9/11.

    Preposterous answer. I can’t even get on a plane with my car keys and a bottle opener for crying out loud.

    He’s a grown adult/college graduate.

  23. NY threw a housewife from the Midwest in jail because she carried a gun (she had a conceal carry permit in her home state) Get this, she voluntarily asked a security guard at the Empire State building to store her gun so she could take the elevator ride up to the 86th Floor. With that, she was arrested and sent to jail.

    NY likes to think they are tough on guns but the law of unintended consequences reared its ugly head and they sent a misinformed housewife to jail. But the criminals running around are all packing, that’s for sure.

  24. tommyribs says:
    March 6, 2020 at 9:14 am
    It is VERY possible that he was legal with the firearm at the airport and they decided to arrest him anyway.

    You are legally allowed to travel with a firearm as long as certain specific conditions are met.

    There have been MULTIPLE instances of travelers doing that and the Port Authority Police flat out arrest them anyway.
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    If you have an unloaded gun in your checked bag it’s legal as long as you follow the instructions below from TSA .

    You may transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted.

    Have a feeling what you think was legal wasn’t,based on not meeting TSA regulations probably related to what is considered a secure case or not declaring you have a gun or ammunition inside your checked luggage . Some gun owners feel that any restriction are wrong and choose to attempt to get around them any chance they get like at the airport . Not sure how you think he might have been legitimate when it’s perfectly clear that legally you can’t board a plane with a gun as it clearly states Williams was attempting to do in the article .

  25. atthemurph says:
    March 6, 2020 at 9:05 am
    This same thing happened to a friend of mine. He likes to shoot and has a carry bag that has about 25 different pockets and zippers.

    Was traveling to NY and bag got pulled in the scanner. He forgot he had a handgun in one of the zippered pockets after doing a shooting competition a couple days earlier. (He shot 8 or 9 different guns and cleaned and stored 7 or 8).

    Off to jail! It was a Friday afternoon so no judge, no bail, just sit in the Indianapolis county lockup over a nice hot summer weekend. He’s also an investment adviser and nearly got kicked out of the business for that one little lapse. FINRA doesn’t like people who get arrested, especially for the scary charge of trying to take a gun onto an airplane.

    Never mind it was not loaded and he had no ammunition for it. It was at that point as dangerous as a laptop.

    Cost him $10,000 in legal fees, had to miss work for 2 months, a total disaster. And for what exactly?
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    I get the point but how hard is it to empty a bag and ensure there is nothing illegal in it when you pack it for airplane travel? Your friend had all that drama because he was lazy. If you put guns in a bag as a matter of routine you just have to empty the bag and then repack it for travel. He chose not to do so thoroughly. That said, no ammo means the gun was no more dangerous than a rock.

  26. VinScope says:
    March 6, 2020 at 7:29 am
    I hate it when I try to board a plane and forgot I had my gun on me
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    Barry Switzer tried that line.

  27. shurmanblog says:
    March 6, 2020 at 8:32 am
    randalpnaditch says:
    March 6, 2020 at 1:17 am
    Anyone who plans to travel with a firearm must know the laws. New York is not a free state.-
    ———————————————————————————————-
    Doesn’t matter whether it’s a free state or not , it’s against the law to bring a gun in your carry-on bag . Anyone who plans to travel with a firearm must know the laws.

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    Says nothing about being in a carry on bag. In fact, report says it this occurred at check in, and not at security. It appears to be an ammunition storage issue. Still his fault and not smart to bother bringing ammo. But this doesn’t look like him trying to get through security with a gun.

  28. timmmtb says:Says nothing about being in a carry on bag. In fact, report says it this occurred at check in, and not at security. It appears to be an ammunition storage issue. Still his fault and not smart to bother bringing ammo. But this doesn’t look like him trying to get through security with a gun.
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    Actually it was an issue with the weapon along with the ammunition not being stored properly . Even though it wasn’t in his carry-on it’s still not a smart thing to bring a gun and ammo to the airport without knowing what the restrictions are on doing so . A quick Google search and you have all the info you need in seconds on how to travel with a gun and ammo .

  29. Quinnen,……
    You have to put your unloaded and locked pistol in your checked bags,…. not as a carry on.
    Nobody ever accused him of being smart.

  30. After 9/11, I can’t imagine NY police and courts being real sympathetic to any argument supporting a ‘right’ to carry a gun onto a plane, loaded or not

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