A Tennessee man was arrested at JFK yesterday after trying to check in to his flight with two rifles, two handguns, a shotgun, and two high-capacity magazines. Authorities say that both rifles had their serial numbers painted over or filed off, and one was carrying a round in the chamber.

According to a statement from the Queens DA's office [PDF], 23-year-old Keenan Draughton told a United clerk shortly before 8 a.m. that he had weapons to check for his flight to Charlotte, and the Port Authority police inspected his bags.

Firearms are legal to check on airplanes so long as they're properly licensed, unloaded, and securely locked (though New York City does not honor gun licenses from other states). Draughton allegedly had two 15-round high capacity 9mm magazines to outfit his two 9mm pistols, neither were loaded; one of the .22 caliber rifles was loaded.

"Before leaving home, passengers should acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements if they choose to travel with a weapon," Queens DA Richard Brown said in the statement.

Draughton's father told the Times his son was an avid hunter, joined the Army at 19, and was visiting relatives in New York. “We haven’t seen him since he had joined Army."

Draughton was charged with six counts of criminal possession of a weapon and a violation of New York City Administrative code, and faces up to seven years in prison.