Boxer Robert 'The Ghost' Guerrero charged for trying to check his gun at JFK
Welterweight boxing champion Robert Guerrero, 30, was arraigned on a four-count criminal complaint Thursday after being arrested at JFK Thursday morning with a semi-automatic, 40-caliber handgun and three unloaded magazines of ammunition.
He was released on his own recognizance and is next expected in court May 14.
Guerrero presented the Smith and Wesson M&P 40 in a locked box during check-in for a Delta flight to Las Vegas and allegedly told authorities he had the firearm since arriving in NYC from Virginia on March 25. He is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
A Port Authority official said arrests such as Guerrero's were not unusual, as many travelers from states with more liberal gun laws are unaware they face criminal charges for bringing their guns into New York City. While the gun appeared to have been registered in California, it "is not registered in N.Y., and he doesn't have a license to carry it here," the official noted.
People who want to travel with weapons should "first acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting," Queens DA Richard A. Brown said in a statement.
"For anyone who hasn't gotten the message, let me be crystal clear: You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon - loaded or unloaded - into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges."
Guerrero lives in Gilroy, CA, and took a break from his career to care for his wife, Casey, while she battled leukemia. Nicknamed "The Ghost," Guerrero is preparing to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4.
"I hope Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks," Brown said.