A Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon yesterday after he was caught bringing a loaded pistol into Kennedy Airport in April 2015, says Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The defendant, Aquil L. Dunbar, 22, of Bergen Street in Brooklyn, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a routine preflight security check at Terminal 5 in JFK revealed that Dunbar was attempting to pass through with an unlicensed weapon. The .25 caliber automatic pistol containing a magazine with six live rounds of ammunition was concealed in a sock that was inside a shoebox and placed in a plastic bag.
The plea, which comes in the wake of the anniversary of 9/11, highlights the danger that firearms pose to the public, says District Attorney Brown.
“Firearms illegally possessed in this city pose a serious and deadly threat to public safety, and that is especially true when boarding a commercial aircraft. New York City — and indeed the entire country — marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic terror attacks at the World Trade Center this past Sunday,” Brown said. “Firearms do not belong on airplanes in the hands of civilians.”
Dunbar, a predicate felon, pleaded guilty before Queens Supreme Court Justice Leslie Leach, who indicated he will sentence Dunbar to seven years in prison on October 6, 2016.