A Marine is the latest in a series of arrests and prison sentences in New York for tourists unknowingly breaking a gun law. Some tourists while attempting to be responsible when seeing a ‘no gun’ sign and asking security where to check their gun, have been arrested and thrown in jail – even though the citizen has had a valid permit to carry (in another state), and had been misinformed regarding the legality to carry elsewhere.
This kind of enforcement should NOT be what these laws go after and prosecute (e.g. responsible carry of licensed citizens). Laws like these only hinder the innocent and responsible from carrying, while the criminal element thugs carry on.
The lesson learned from this story might be, if you are carrying and you wander into an area that is restricted, do not reveal to ‘authorities’ that you may be carrying – else face the wrath of the system. Just get out of that area, which you should have not entered in the first place…
Ryan Jerome was enjoying his first trip to New York City on business when the former Marine Corps gunner walked up to a security officer at the Empire State Building and asked where he should check his gun.
The 28-year-old with no criminal history now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison. If convicted, his sentence could be as high as fifteen years.
“I’ve been a law-abiding citizen my entire life, and for something like this to come down, it rips me apart,” Jerome told the New York Post. “It’s like taking a good dog and scolding him for something he didn’t do.”
In December, Tennessee nurse Meredith Graves noticed a “no guns” sign at the World Trade Center site and asked where she could leave her weapon, only to face similar charges.
Source: The Daily Caller
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