According to reports, New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was arrested at LaGuardia Airport for criminal possession of a weapon on Thursday night after trying to board a plane with a Glock 19 pistol. It has been reported that he does have a permit for the weapon for the state of Alabama, but not New York, hence the arrest.
Under New York law, it is generally only legal to carry a concealed weapon in the state if it has a New York license, according to the New York Post.
Quinnen Williams was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon Thursday night when he attempted to board a plane, police said in a statement, per NFL.com.
New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police said Williams, the team’s first-round draft pick last season, was arrested at LaGuardia Airport around 9:15 p.m. and charged, according to NFL.com. Police said Williams has a permit in his home state of Alabama — but not in New York — for the Glock 19 pistol he was carrying onto the flight. It was not immediately known whether the gun was loaded.
The 22-year-old Williams was being processed by Port Authority Police late Thursday night. Police said the matter will be handled by the Queens district attorney’s office after Williams is released.
The Jets issued a brief statement on Williams’ arrest Friday morning.
“We have been in contact with Quinnen Williams and are fully aware of the situation. We will have no additional comment as this is a pending legal matter.”
With the police statement using the phrase ‘carrying onto the flight’ could be perceived as a broad one, you may assume that they are claiming he was stopped while going through security, but it’s not completely clear at this time whether or not he was trying to actually take the gun on the plane or what part of the airport the arrest was made.
Williams, 22, was the No. 3 overall pick out of Alabama last year.