NEWARK, NJ - A Florham Park man was arrested for being caught with a handgun at a security checkpoint at Newark airport on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
The arrest made by Transportation Security Administration officers, was the first gun stopped at an airport checkpoint this year. It was caught as it entered the security x-ray machine.
The incident happened Tuesday, marking the first gun stopped at one of the airport checkpoints this year. It was among the man's carry-on items.
The police confiscated the weapon and the man was arrested.
The man claimed he forgot he had his handgun with him. He also faces a stiff federal financial civil penalty. A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100 and can go as high as $13,669 depending on any mitigating circumstances.