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Ah, Those Dangerous, Lawless Tea Party Criminals

Posted on the 16 December 2011 by Mikeb302000
This is for RedAz;  it is an ongoing concern to me that pro-gunners are convinced they know the laws and rules governing firearms.  They insist they know better than any of the rest of us what those laws are.
But, clearly, that is not necessarily true.
From Politico:

Mark Meckler, tea party leader, arrested with gun

In this Nov. 3, 2010, file photo Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler speaks at a news conference. | AP Photo By TIM MAK | 12/16/11 6:28 AM EST A prominent tea party leader was charged with a felony Thursday after he took a gun to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport and it was discovered during a pre-flight check-in.
Mark Meckler, co-founder of the conservative Tea Party Patriots group, was arrested after he tried to check in for a Delta airlines flight with a locked box containing a Glock pistol and 19 units of 9mm ammunition, according to a release from the Queens District Attorney’s office. Meckler, who had been in New York since Sunday, allegedly told authorities that he carries the gun because he gets threats.The tea party leader has a permit to carry the weapon in California, but that state’s permit does not allow one to carry a firearm in New York.
“He didn’t have a correct understanding of the law,” said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates LaGuardia, according to the AP. “Though he has a permit to carry in California, that did not cover him in the state of New York.”
The tea party leader’s lawyer argued that he was “in temporary transit through the state of New York in possession of an unloaded, lawful firearm,” and that Mr. Meckler had been fully compliant with all laws, according to The New York Times.
Meckler was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony that could carry up to 15 years in prison. He was released pending a Jan. 12 court date.
“Before leaving home, passengers should acquaint themselves with the weapons laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements if they choose to travel with a weapon. Otherwise, they may find themselves being arrested and charged with a felony — as is what occurred in this case,” warned Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The Tea Party Patriots group, which Meckler helped found in 2009, has played a major organizational role in the tea party movement — particularly in the demonstrations that were held across the country to encourage government to rein in debt and to oppose President Barack Obama’s initiatives on health care.

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