AIRPORT GUN: Man Admits Putting Gun, Ammo In Checked Baggage

A Wilmington man faces up to five years in federal prison after admitting he didn't tell authorities or US Airways that he put a handgun and ammo in his checked luggage at the Jacksonville airport.

Jonathan Kolk pled guilty before a federal judge in Raleigh on Monday. The U.S. Attorney's Office says on February 3rd Kolk was arrested at Albert Ellis Airport. They say a .380 Ruger was found in four pieces, along with ammunition, in a toolbox that was part of the man's checked luggage.

The feds say Kolk was flying to Charlotte and New York on US Airways before getting on another carrier for Hong Kong and then to Manila.

The 51-year-old Kolk will be sentenced in August and faces up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00, or both.

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  • by JMM Location: Greenville on May 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM
    It's ILLEGAL to not check the gun in with TSA. Plain and simple!! We've known this since 9/11 and since the fear mongering Bush Administration (with the terror alerts and adamant fear)implemented these restrictions. You wanted it back in 2003, now deal with the reaping. We warned ya'll that they were slowly stripping your personal rights and freedoms away. But majority citizens would have rathered lived in fear and security than FREEDOM. The fear-mongering worked, now you live with it. Sincerely, A Freedom Ringing Democrat!!
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      by Harry on May 5, 2011 at 06:16 AM in reply to JMM
      Transporting a weapon on a commercial air carrier required declaration of the weapon to the carrier prior to Bush taking office. 9-11 nor 2003 had anything to do with it. Requirements have been in place since at least the late 60's.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    Manilla? Must have gotten turned down by one of those mail order brides! EEEEKKKK!
  • by Mom Location: NC on May 4, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    I think someone needs a mental assessment. NOW.
  • by What's the problem? Location: ENC on May 4, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    His destination was Manila, but what if it had been the US from another country? Once he got his baggage, he is secretly armed. If we want other countries to cooperate in no allowing arms to enter our country, then we should do the same. For all you know, someone in Manila may be very happy this man was stopped.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    The government doesn't like it. That's all it is. Supposedly it fights crime.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    To legally transport a weapon on a commercial airline Federal Law state you have to declare the weapon to the airline, fill in the appropriate documentation and turn it over to the ticketing agent at the time of check-in. Airlines also get their panties in a wad transporting ammunition in bulk in the cargo area. This poor devil will be lucky to get off with probation. Now that he is convicted he will not be able to possess a firearm again. It sucks.
  • by real on May 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    no osama on his plane. They put him in jail for five and im moving to Texas or the hills. The places you need leagaly armed common folk, they arnt allowed. land of the free?
  • by Autarchic Location: Trenton, NC on May 4, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    They have to make a big deal about nothing!
  • by Mike Location: Pantego on May 4, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    Whats the problem? Its in pieces in checked baggage which is inacessable to passengers. If he can legally own and posses a firearm i dont see a issue here.
  • by Ouch on May 4, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    Checked baggage refers to items of luggage delivered to an airline or train for transportation in the hold of an aircraft or baggage car of a passenger train, which means it is inaccessible to the passenger during the flight/ride.

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