Skip to comments.Former Gov. Paterson Defends Ex-Marine’s Gun Possession(NY)
Posted on 02/17/2012 6:27:55 AM PST by marktwain
Ex-Governor David Paterson has contacted Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance to dismiss the weapons possession charges against retired Marine Ryan Jerome, according to the NY Post. Jerome is currently being prosecuted after attempting to check in his Indiana-registered handgun at the Empire State Building last year.
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New York's gun laws forbid possession of guns that have not been registered in the state. Possession of an unlicensed gun is considered to be a serious felony that can carry a mandatory minimum sentence of three years.
"Under the law, he's guilty," Paterson said in a broadcast on WOR Radio. "But he shouldn't be prosecuted." Paterson has staunchly defended Jerome who told the NY Post that he carries the gun because his job as a jeweler, based in West Bend, requires him to transport gold to and from refineries.
Hundreds of supporters have written letters in defense of the the former Marine, urging the Manhattan DA's to drop the charges. Prosecutors are willing to reduce the charges if Jerome admits to a misdemeanor and completion of 10 days of community service. However, Jerome's lawyer is urging the DA's office to drop the charges completely.
Jerome, who is currently free on bail, will return to court on March 20 to learn if he has been indicted or not.
Must give credit where credit is due. David Paterson has elevated himself above the vast majority of his Democrat comrades by showing a bit of common sense.
If people like this Marine and the woman from Tennessee at ground zero are being arrested and charged with serious felonies, when they attempt to check their guns (which are legally registered in their home states...you know those real, American states that believe in the 2nd Amendment) how can New York police and prosecutors ignore all the illegal gun buy back programs, sponsored by churches and community organizations?
Shouldn’t the police arrest each of the individuals bringing in the illegal guns for cash, and then arrest the orgainzers? After all, though they were attempting to come into compliance with the law, they all technically violated the law by possessing those guns, just like this Marine.
The Right To Bear Arms fails without reciprocity between states. Register in your home state....Period.
This is such BS. I wonder if this would get as much press if he was not a retired Marine?