Skip to comments.Tennessee tourist arrested for bringing pistol into 9/11 Memorial
Posted on 12/29/2011 11:03:08 AM PST by massmike
A tourist from Tennessee waltzed into one of the most secure sites in the city and politely asked a cop if she could check her weapon.
Instead, she was dragged out in cuffs.
Now, Meredith Graves, 39, is facing at least three years in prison for thinking New Yorks gun laws are anything like those in the Bible Belt.
Graves, a fourth-year medical student, showed up at the memorial on Dec. 22 to pay her respects during a trip north for a job interview.
She didnt realize that the loaded .32-caliber pistol in her purse would be a problem until she saw a sign at the site that read, No guns allowed, sources said.
She remembered she had the gun on her, a source said. She walked up to a security guard and said, I have this gun. Where can I check it?
The guard told her that she was in luck because of law enforcement day and led her to another area.
When she got to that section, she asked another cop, We have this gun can we check it in here? We [my husband and I] are not law-enforcement.
Thats when she was arrested.
Graves, who has a full legal carry permit in Tennessee, was locked up on a weapons-possession charge and held on $2,000 bond that she posted yesterday. She is due in court on March 19.
Shell soon find out exactly how serious New York City is about illegal guns. The Manhattan DAs Office is pursuing a conviction on felony gun possession carrying a minimum sentence of 3 1/2 years.
Mayor Bloomberg, with the help of the five district attorneys, has crusaded against the flow of illegal guns, especially from the South.
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I very strongly believe in the 2nd , but I also very strongly believe that I want to stay out of jail.
I don't see YOU going to NY to test the law!
>A responsible CHL holder checks the laws in the State to which they are traveling before they leave.
>When I went to NY a month ago I KNEW I couldnt carry my gun. I didnt even need to check the laws.
(PS — If it’s contrary to the Constitution, it’s illegitimate.)
For one thing, I will never blame the victim of unjust and Unconstitutional laws.
How about starting there?
She took being from the VOLUNTEER state a tiny bit too literally. That said, the NYC thugs with badges clearly over-reacted. This woman, after realizing her mistake (a bit too late) tried to do the right thing. If the DA's office has its' way, she will carry the "felon" label with her for life.
So I take it you aren’t going to put your money where your mouth is?
I don’t agree with a single gun law on the books but I am also not stupid enough to hand a gun to a cop in New York.
Sometimes stupid should hurt.
I dare you to print those out then go to the Cornell campus and show your concealed gun to a cop along with you printouts.
You’ll only get one phone call if you live so don’t waste it ordering pizza.
“Its the s**thole of the US, its like Calcutta.”
You have GOT to be kidding.
Well, go make a citizens arrest of all 35,000 NYC cops.
Get a group picture after you have rounded them all up.
A number of posters have noted that they wouldn’t go to NYC, which is germane to the subject. I go a step further in that not only would I not go to New York City, I would not go to New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey and a number of other states that either are controlled by gun-hating Democrats and/or do not recognize my permit. I’ve seen all of them that I care to see, anyhow.
There is a reason you rarely see a car with southern plates tooling around New England; even in the summer...why bother?
Why does the so-called “right to privacy” not apply to owners of firearms but it does to women in search of abortions?
Funny how that works...
Stay the course, Red.
I am not a lawyer but why doesn’t the NRA ILA use an argument like this in one of their cases?
IMO, gun rights groups need to be much more aggressive in regaining what was Unconstitutiuonally taken away. (as zealous as the ACLU if not moreso)
Challenges to NYC laws such as those in this story are step 1.
Challenges to the legitimacy of GCA68 and the ATF are step 2.
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