Former Marine Gunner Ryan Jerome was in New York on business when he thought it would be fun to check out the Empire State Building. Before entering the building he walked up to the security check point to ask if he should check his gun.
And that’s where the trouble begins.
Although Mr. Jerome had a valid conceal carry permit in his home state of Indiana, New York refuses to recognize permits from other states. He was promptly arrested by police and spent the next two nights in jail.
If convicted Jerome faces up to fifteen years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison.
His arrest highlights the confusing mess of concealed weapons laws across our country. What’s perfectly legal in your town could make you a criminal if you cross into the next one.
Take another case that recently happened in New York. An East Tennessee woman, Meredith Graves, thought she was doing the right thing when visiting the 9/11 memorial. Before entering the memorial, she walked up to a New York City Police Officer to ask where she could check her handgun. She was promptly arrested on a single felony count of illegally possessing a firearm.
Now these aren’t crack smoking felons, they’re peaceful citizens who went out of their way to do what they thought was the right thing.
From state to state and even from city to city, gun laws so widely vary that a law-abiding gun owner can be imprisoned for what amounts to crossing a line on a map. The hodgepodge of laws have created an environment where gun owners are now more fearful of leaving their house with weapons, than they are of the criminals that they sought protection from.
Think about it this way; what if the inconsistency that exists with gun laws was applied to vehicles?
Can you imagine what would happen if one state refused to accept your license to drive from another state. Do you really believe that our lawmakers would sit quietly and allow people to be imprisoned for driving? I doubt it.
But when it comes to gun laws, our lawmakers seem hell-bent on going after peaceful law-abiding citizens. These draconian gun laws are a smack in the face to our second amendment rights and put good people in serious jeopardy of losing their freedom.
A word of warning to anyone that’s planning on traveling with a weapon. Although I believe it is our 2nd Amendment right to have and carry a weapon anywhere in this country, please be aware of the local laws while traveling.
In the case of Marine Gunner Ryan Jerome, he actually checked the law online but was given inaccurate outdated information. These laws are constantly changing; please do not take something you read online as fact. Before traveling double check with the local municipalities to verify your information.