Three separate incidents in NYC this week:
A Tennessee tourist who says she unwittingly broke New York’s weapons laws by visiting the 9/11 memorial with a loaded gun — legal in her home state — faces 3 1/2 years behind bars for the error, which came to light when she asked guards where she could store her weapon while touring the memorial.
Full Story – L.A. Times
A former U.S. Marine Ryan Jerome, 28, was charged with criminal possession of his .45-caliber Ruger while visiting the famous New York landmark during a September vacation with his girlfriend. Jerome has a license to carry the weapon from his home state of Indiana, but New Yorks state gun laws do not recognize out-of-state permits.
Full Story – CNN
A Virginia man claimed to be a Navy SEAL to talk his way out of a gun possession arrest on Thursday, and the New York Police Department committed him to a psych ward thinking his claims of elite military status were the rantings of a lunatic.
Full Story – Yahoo
Now I know what some of your are thinking: How stupid are those first two people? They actually thought that carrying a firearm would be allowed at either of those locations in a post 9/11 world? Part of me agrees, but the other part realizes how ridiculous the whole state permit system with differing reciprocity is.
Firearms law in general is very convoluted. Throw in the fact that some laws blanket every state at the federal level, and yet others are made state to state, and on top of that rules often change when leaving your home state… and you got a real mess. What I would like to see is unrestricted carry of any type being passed by the federal government. That would completely eliminate the chance of doing time for a simple misunderstanding , but I realize that is most likely wishful thinking. I say this time and time again, but here it goes once more… criminals do not care what the law says, they will carry a gun if they want to carry one. Restricting carry and throwing tourists in jail because of a misunderstanding does nothing to make the world a better place.
How would you solve this problem?
Hat tip: Steven, Frank, McKay