Exec from Gun Barrel City, Texas, Arrested With Pistol at LaGuardia Airport
QUEENS — He may live in Gun Barrel City, but that does not mean he can pack a pistol in New York.
Douglas White, a business executive who hails from Gun Barrel City, Texas, is free on $10,000 bail following his arrest at LaGuardia Airport for packing a .22 Derringer pistol and rounds of ammunition in a carry-on bag, according to court documents.
White, 61, was taken into custody last Thursday at Terminal B after he arrived about 11:55 a.m. from Texas and a federal TSA security screener noticed the outline of a prohibited item in his bag, the agency said.
The screener looked inside and found the small pistol and bullets. White was arrested when he said he did not have a New York State firearms carry license.
White said he is licensed to carry a weapon in Gun Barrel, which has the motto “We Shoot Straight With You” and is located 60 miles southeast of Dallas. The town’s emblem shows two crossed antique handguns.
White said he did not realize he packed the weapon and was unaware he needed a permit to carry it in New York, officials said.
White was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, according to a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The NYPD will keep his weapon, regardless of the outcome of his case, the spokesman said.
Last Saturday, a Long Island man, Timothy Schiavo Jr., 29, was arrested at JFK Airport carrying a bag loaded with knives in JetBlue's Terminal 5.