PERTH – A weekend traffic stop in the Town of Perth led to the discovery of an illegal AK-47, two handguns and an Alabama man’s arrest, state police said.
Joseph W. Mathis, 34, of Jacksonville, Ala., was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon-assault rifle and ammo clip, felonies, and misdemeanor possession of a large capacity feeding device.
The incident happened just before 3 p.m. Saturday in Perth when troopers stopped Mathis for a traffic infraction on Route 30, state police said.
While speaking with Mathis, the trooper spotted a gun box on the rear seat. The trooper soon learned the box contained an illegal AK-47 rifle and an empty 30-round magazine, state police said.
A search of the vehicle also soon uncovered two loaded handguns and multiple high-capacity magazines.
Mathis does not have a permit to carry a handgun in New York State, troopers said.
Mathis was arraigned and released under pre-trial conditions. He is due back in court next week.