A woman with valid CCW in Tennessee asked police officers at the WTC Memorial in NYC where she could check her pistol. She saw the “No Guns” sign and assumed there was a place to check her weapon like in her home state.
She was told she was lucky because of “law enforcement day”, which was some wise-ass cop’s reply to her legitimate request. She was led into another area where she again asked where she could check her weapon.
Meredith Graves was arrested, cuffed and thrown into jail for being a law-abiding citizen of the United States and voluntarily offering to check her concealed weapon. Unfortunately, she was breaking NYC laws on handguns. It looks like she spent six days in one of Mayor Bloomberg’s guest rooms before she and her husband could raise the $2,000 to release her.
If she is found guilty of breaking New York and NYC laws at a trial, she could spend a lot of time in prison. On just one of her charges, felony gun possession, she faces 3-1/2 years.
Also, that felony charge on her permanent record could prevent her from using that soon-to-be-earned advanced nursing degree. That is around eight years worth of college just thrown away.
I cannot stress too much, that you need to check the gun laws of each state where you will be traveling or even passing through. You also need to check the city and municipal laws too.
Several hunters who legally checked firearms during flights that happened to have NYC as a connecting point in their journey have spent tens of thousands of dollars fighting NYC gun charges. This was just because the airplanes they were on spent an hour or so dropping off and picking up passengers and NYC cops decided that the firearms in the luggage compartment of the aircraft were on NYC property, and were therefore illegally processed.
Good luck to Meredith in winning this fight. If she wins, she is still not in the clear. She will still have to spend ammo-cases full of hundred dollar bills getting her arrest record expunged.
Remember those job applications with that “Have you ever been arrested on a charge that could result in one year or more in jail or prison? Please explain below.” questions? If you answer that in the affirmative, your prospective employer will take that into consideration in not hiring you. If you omit answering that question, the employer can fire you any time they wish for lying on the job application.
You can avoid these types of problems just by checking out the gun laws in all the states you will be travelling through. Fighting cases like this can cost you $100,000 and up. Even if you can afford that cost, just think of how many big game trips that could purchase.
Be careful out there!