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A tourist from Tennessee reportedly thought she could check her loaded gun at New York City's Sept. 11 memorial. The New York Post says 39-year-old Meredith Graves was visiting the memorial at the World Trade Center site on Dec. 22 and noticed a sign that said "No guns allowed." The Post reports that Graves asked police where she could check her loaded pistol. She was arrested on a gun-possession charge.
“You’d think states would reciprocate with the Second Amendment. She has a license to carry in Tennessee,” her mother-in-law told the Post.
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
reply to post by getreadyalready
I can agree with your statement, but I was under the impression that the right to bare arms was granted by the federal government and is one of the only few exceptions in which the federal government can supersede state law.
This is about constitutional right, not state law or city ordinance. I could be wrong.
Also, shouldn't the local law enforcement be able to tell the difference between a gun-toting thug, and a law-biding gun owner? Jail time for being honest? Seems a bit too much. A slap on the hand would have taught her a lesson.edit on 29-12-2011 by sheepslayer247 because: (no reason given)
But, in this case, common sense should be applied. The woman went out of her way to obey the laws once she became aware of them. Yes, she should get a telling off and possibly even a small fine, but a potential 3½ year jail sentence for an apparently honest mistake of this nature is beyond absurd.
Mayor Bloomberg, with the help of the five district attorneys, has crusaded against the flow of illegal guns, especially from the South.
Out-of-state weapons have been used in a slew of homicides, including the murder of NYPD cop Peter Figoski on Dec. 12.
Sources don’t believe Graves’ intentions were sinister. link
The case illustrates the patchwork of gun laws across the nation. While most states have gun permit reciprocity laws that recognize permits in other states, many municipalities like New York City have special rules that can lead to trouble for unknowing gun owners.
“It’s the same problem when our citizens travel to other states, it’s this quagmire of what I call ‘Thou shalt nots,’” said John Harris, a Nashville attorney who serves as the volunteer director of the Tennessee Firearms Association. “The problem is, there’s such vast inconsistency about what you can and can’t do. Think about what would happen if that level of inconsistency existed with the operation of motor vehicles.” link