Bobby Glen Jackson, 59, was arrested in Fayetteville. He's set to be brought to New York next week to face charges of criminal possession of a loaded firearm and reckless endangerment.
The charges stem from an April 14 incident at World Center Hotel on Washington Street. A relative told The New York Times Jackson tucked the pistol under the cushion simply because he was rushing to get back to his tour group.
A woman at the hotel found the gun when she sat on it a short time later.
Authorities released a surveillance image that allegedly shows Jackson placing the gun under the cushion. The NYPD says he has no permit to carry a gun in New York City.
Information on an attorney for Jackson wasn't immediately available.