Tea Party thug arrested for violating concealed carry laws in New York

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    Dec 16, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. By the way, he's a lawyer and should not be ignorant of NYC's gun laws. icon_lol.gif

    Talking Points MemoTea Party Leader Mark Meckler Arrested With Handgun At Airport

    Benjy Sarlin December 15, 2011, 7:13 PM 8302 254

    Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and one of the most prominent spokesmen for the grassroots movement, was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday after trying to check in a handgun on his flight.

    According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, Meckler arrived at the airport with the gun, a Glock 27, and ammunition locked in a safe and presented it to the flight attendant at the Delta counter. He allegedly told authorities that he needed the gun for protection after receiving threats, but did not have a New York State license to carry the weapon. He’s being charged with second degree possession of an illegal weapon, a charge that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

    “Before leaving home, passengers should acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements if they choose to travel with a weapon,” Queens DA Richard Brown said in a statement. “Otherwise, they may find themselves being arrested and charged with a felony - as is what occurred in this case.”

    Meckler’s lawyer did not dispute the basic facts of the story, but said that his client followed routine procedure for transporting a weapon. In an e-mail to reporters, attorney Brian Stapleton wrote:

    “Mark Meckler, an attorney and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, who holds a concealed-carry permit from the state of California, today was charged with a firearms violation at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. While in temporary transit through the state of New York in possession of an unloaded, lawful firearm that was locked in a TSA-approved safe, he legally declared his possession of the firearm in his checked baggage at the ticket counter as required by law and in a manner approved by TSA and the airline, yet was arrested by port authority for said possession.

    A spokesman for the Queens DA, Kevin Ryan, told TPM that the legal issue wasn’t whether Meckler followed airline regulations regarding safe transportation of a handgun, the issue was that he did not have a carry permit for New York state, which has strict requirements for handguns.

    “We get 50 or 60 case a year of people transporting weapons at the airport which may be legal in their state, but because they’re not licensed for New York they run into trouble,” Ryan said.
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    Dec 16, 2011 1:58 PM GMT
    I'm torn between being happy he got arrested, and pissed that a carry permit is not transferable between states.
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    Lol @ the title of this thread.. Tea Party Thug?! Doesn't sound like this lawyer and CHL holder from Cali is a thug. Maybe misinformed or ignorant of the gun laws of NY State. But, a thug? Really?

    Tacky title for this thread. But the usual tacky behavior that we've all grown accustomed to from people that can't stand anything conservative.
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    bmoney1 saidLol @ the title of this thread.. Tea Party Thug?! Doesn't sound like this lawyer and CHL holder from Cali is a thug. Maybe misinformed or ignorant of the gun laws of NY State. But, a thug? Really?

    Tacky title for this thread. But the usual tacky behavior that we've all grown accustomed to from people that can't stand anything conservative.

    Understandable. They don't have much going for them and will make a big deal out of anything, no matter how insignificant. Their policies are failures and it is becoming more obvious to more people. Their leader is putting his re-election ahead of the country and that is also becoming more obvious to more people. The increasing divisiveness of Obama will be reflected in their increased bitterness. You have to just laugh and find the humor. That aspect inspires me - maybe role playing messages from our esteemed left. "Tea Party soccer mom found to have avoided putting money in the parking meter". We could start a thread like that and post all our outrage. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 2:32 PM GMT
    Ridiculous situation. The idea of taking a gun to an airport in this day and age.
    You'd think he'd have better sense... or at least some common sense, but
    considering.......
    A check of New York state laws regarding said firearms would have been prudent.

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    Dec 16, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    "Tacky title for this thread."


    Really. I think it was an excellent mimicry of the topics started by SB and a couple of others.
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    Dec 16, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    meninlove said"Tacky title for this thread."


    Really. I think it was an excellent mimicry of the topics started by SB and a couple of others.


    That was the point.
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    HndsmKansan saidRidiculous situation. The idea of taking a gun to an airport in this day and age.
    You'd think he'd have better sense... or at least some common sense, but
    considering.......
    A check of New York state laws regarding said firearms would have been prudent.

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    Actually it's very easy to transport firearms in checked baggage. See the TSA and airline sites for the procedures.

    As you say, his mistake was in not checking local regulations.

    http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1666.shtm

    http://www.united.com/page/article/0,3224,1035,00.html

    http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/baggage/special_baggage/sports_equipment/index.jsp#shooting

    http://www.usairways.com/en-US/traveltools/baggage/specialitems.html
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    Dec 16, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    meninlove said"Tacky title for this thread."


    Really. I think it was an excellent mimicry of the topics started by SB and a couple of others.


    That was the point.


    You mean like when SB posts a title in all caps?
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    Dec 16, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    Bigolbear said
    Christian73 said
    meninlove said"Tacky title for this thread."


    Really. I think it was an excellent mimicry of the topics started by SB and a couple of others.


    That was the point.


    You mean like when SB posts a title in all caps?



    Bingo. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 16, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Bigolbear said
    Christian73 said
    meninlove said"Tacky title for this thread."


    Really. I think it was an excellent mimicry of the topics started by SB and a couple of others.


    That was the point.


    You mean like when SB posts a title in all caps?



    Bingo. icon_wink.gif


    That's more of a catfish5 thing that SB copied. icon_biggrin.gif
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    You didn't get it, Alphatrigger.

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    Dec 16, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidTea Party thug arrested for violating concealed carry laws in New York

    Yet another reason to avoid New York if at all possible.


    Isn't that the truth, I cant wait to get out of here. There will be some things that I will miss, like riding the subway anytime of day to get what I want/need or having that beer at Celtic Pub.

    What I wont miss are the gun laws. I own a few guns but there back at my parents house in Indiana. I cant wait to move back to my homestate.
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    Dec 16, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    meninlove said



    You didn't get it, Alphatrigger.

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    I was thinking that the all-caps post title was an attempted at a forced meme, lol