A New Canaan resident facing a weapons charge after Transportation Security Administration officials found a handgun in his carry-on bag at John F. Kennedy International Airport Monday was released on bail.
TSA officers said Kenneth Edward Wynne Sr., 57, was stopped during the security checkpoint, where an X-ray machine detected the .22 caliber firearm "tucked in the traveler's carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt," according to TSA and Port Authority Police spokesmen.
Wynne, who was traveling to Aruba, told officers that he forgot he had the gun with him, Lisa Farbstein, of the TSA's Office of Public Affairs, said in an email.
After detecting the firearm, TSA agents contacted the Port Authority Police who confiscated the gun and arrested the man on a New York State charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Port Authority Police.
In her statement, Farbstein reminded passengers that they are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint. Weapons -- including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition -- are not permitted in carry-on bags. Passengers who bring such items to an airport are subject to criminal charges and penalties up to $11,000.
Port Authority Police said Tuesday that Wynne posted bail and is due back in court Aug. 1.
A family member released the following statement around 5:15 p.m. Monday:
"It was an accident. His wife didn't see it in the bag while she was packing. He has a concealed carry permit and pistol permit for the State of Connecticut. It was just a mistake and he has the legal right to carry a gun. It's his Second Amendment right."