Skip to comments.Wisconsin trucker jailed on gun charges in western New York
Posted on 06/04/2013 10:13:34 AM PDT by Sopater
Ellery, N.Y. A truck driver from Wisconsin is in a western New York jail after state police say they found him carrying an illegal handgun and other weapons.
Troopers conducting a commercial vehicle checkpoint Monday afternoon on Interstate 86 in the Chautauqua County town of Ellery say they were inspecting Michael Coulter's tractor-trailer when they found a Hi-Point model JCP .40-caliber pistol inside the truck.
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He forgot to read the sign in Big Whiskey, NY.
Trucking regulations are very strict, especially if you’re transporting hazardous cargo. I find it ridiculous that a trucker can’t have a gun to protect himself and his rig when traveling around the country.
Hmmm, a Commerce Clause challenge perhaps? The Teamsters strike in NY on behalf of one of their brothers? Shut it down for a week and the state would be truly hurting.
In fart too many places, Americans do not have 2A rights, but very restrictive privileges handed out by the tyranical ruling class.
Truckers are hijacked all the time. They can be carrying cargo that is extremely valuable. Imagine what a trailer full of Iphone 5’s is worth? They pull over at truck stops to sleep almost every night. I know I’d want to be armed... I think I’d refuse to go to states that didn’t respect my right to defend myself. If the trucking industry would just boycott NY...
The only thing the police should have done was tell him to get a better gun.
NY and any other state that does not honor my 2n Amendment rights is off my visit list.
“In fart too many places,”
;^) I do too.
I don’t know of any regulatory body that doesn’t trample on civil liberties.
Even a fishing license somehow is supposed to mean a fish cop can come and search you w/o probable cause.
The govt’s authority to regulate does not mean they can regulate away the bill of rights.
How does stuff like this get through the supreme court?
you are right. Friends don’t let friends buy rotten guns.
Lol. I was kidding about the high-point. It would be the quintessential butt-ugly, cheap, “truck gun”.
It’s gotten to the point where entering some states with a gun is the equivalent of entering Mexico. But at least in Mexico you can usually bribe your way out of jail.
That brings up another question. I am not a trucker so I honestly don’t know any better, but don’t police need a search warrant or probable cause to search the driver’s cab of a truck?
That cheap gun is going to cost him a lot. However I think he is protected by the Firearm owners protection act that makes it legal to travel through a state with a banned unlicensed gun as long as you dont stay overnight. He was caught when they stopped him at a checkpoint.
I am told that Glocks in their various incarnations are good ugly cheap guns.
If you get one stolen while travelling, you are out the gun, but no affection because you can easily get another just like it.
I particularly like the 10mm variant. One of the few semi auto handguns that you might like to take hunting.
My uncle had to shoot a robber that tried to enter his cab while sleeping in the sleeper at a truck stop! The assailant had a weapon also! My Uncle always said he hated having to shoot the guy but it was him or me at that point, and UNC took a round to the shoulder. One less bell to answer!
Yeah, Glocks make good depdendable truck guns, but they aren’t all that cheap. They run north of $500 dollars these days. For that price, you can buy 2 or 3 High-points and 250 rounds of ammo. If the first High-point jams, toss it and keep trying each until one works. LOL.
This is a job for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
“.....but don’t police need a search warrant or probable cause to search the driver’s cab of a truck?”
I was wondering the same thing. Did they ask to search, and did the driver give permission? Otherwise, it’s an illegal search, no?
Here in Maine, the State Police have weigh stations they set-up from time to time. They weigh the truck to make sure it’s not above the weight limits for the road or highway, but other than that, the police are basically checking those things that affect the safe operation of the truck.....brakes, tires, etc.
I’ve never heard of them searching the driver’s cab / sleeping area.
“Friends dont let friends buy rotten guns.”
Here’s video showing a hi-point getting the ultimate test, including getting run over by a truck...
So far, every case of gun owner intimidation and or arrest that I have read about since the new NY gun grab law went in to effect has been done by NY State Police.
The same State Police that shall be from this day forward know as the “Stasi” in honor of their heroes, the former East German police organization of the same name.
Failed my standards at the first malfunction/doublefeed jam.
It may be state of origin profiling, which would be a violation of the P or I clause.