Corning man faces 35 weapons charges after being found with over a dozen illegal, stolen guns

A Corning man faces a number of charges after he was found with over a dozen illegal weapons and ‘copious’ amounts of ammunition.

Charles Kennedy, 24, was arrested as part of a traffic stop around 1 a.m. in the city near Bridge Street. A vehicle was observed without license plates. When the traffic stop was completed – Kennedy was found to be the driver.

He had a .25 caliber handgun without a state license to carry it.

Further investigation involving the Corning Police Department and Steuben County Sheriff’s office found that Kennedy possessed over a dozen illegal weapons- ranging from a sawed off shotgun, to assault weapons, an assault pistol, semi-automatic pistols, and at least two stolen handguns from Chemung and Ontario counties.




He was also found to be in possession of numerous large capacity magazines and “copious amounts of ammunition.”

Kennedy faces 35 charges of criminal possession of a weapon- ranging from first- to third-degree counts. He also faces two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Most of the charges he faces are felonies, police said.

Charges are pending against him in Rochester and Massachusetts, too.


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