Please standby for this A Geek With Guns Public Service Announcement. All people residing in the United States of American are hereby given notice that the city of New York is not part of the Union. When entering New York City note that privileges you enjoy within the United States may not be exercised. For example if you find yourself exercising your Second Amendment right within New York City you will be arrested:
Ryan Jerome was enjoying his first trip to New York City on business when the former Marine Corps gunner walked up to a security officer at the Empire State Building and asked where he should check his gun.
That was when Jerome’s nightmare began. The security officer called police and Jerome spent the next two days in jail.
The 28-year-old with no criminal history now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison. If convicted, his sentence could be as high as fifteen years.
Jerome has a valid concealed carry permit in Indiana and visited New York believing that it was legal to bring his firearm. He was traveling with $15,000 worth of jewelry that he planned to sell.
The online gun-law information Jerome read was inaccurate, however, and his late September arrest initiated what may become a protracted criminal saga. He hasn’t yet been indicted by a grand jury, but there may be little legal wiggle-room if he is.
Please note that if you plan to carry a gun in New York City that you should not alert any authorities of your action. So long as you do not announce you are carrying a gun you will not be arrested unless your method of concealment is less than optimal. A little known fact is that criminals are able to bypass the law by using this very method while law-abiding individuals are left with the options of being disarmed victims or becoming criminals themselves.