Stossel Reports: How Predatory NY Gun Laws Cost Visitors Time in Jail, Thousands in Legal Fees

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Thinking about traveling to New York?  Think again.

In a video for ReasonTV, John Stossel shows just how crazy the state’s gun laws can be, specifically as it pertains to visitors flying into New York City airports. From the write-up:

Stossel interviews Patricia Jordan and Avi Wolf, who were arrested at the airport. Patricia had tried to declare her gun, which was unloaded and in a TSA-approved case. Avi was trying to declare an empty gun magazine–essentially a piece of metal with a spring in it.

For their effort they spent a day in jail. They were threatened with three years and six months in jail–the mandatory minimum for having a gun in New York. They spent months worrying about how to beat the charge. Each spent more than $15,000 in legal bills.

Eventually the government let them off with a violation–”public disorder.”




One can make an argument that both Jordan and Wolf should have researched NY’s gun laws before traveling through the airport.  As responsible gun owners, the onus is on them to know the laws of the land.

But, at the same time, one could also argue that NY’s gun laws are far from reasonable, in fact, one could argue that they’re unconstitutional.  Moreover, the way in which prosecutors apply the law to well-intentioned individuals is predatory and unfair.

The bottom line is that things really need to change in the Empire State.  Remember, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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  • Robert Holliman August 14, 2017, 4:24 pm

    Stay in and visit America. Avoid New York and areas where the Constitution is no longer honored and/or not the law of their land.

  • Robert Smith August 11, 2017, 8:15 pm

    While I sympathize with these individuals, it raises the question of why an non-resident of New York should be allowed to have a handgun in their hotel room while most residents can’t even get a permit to have one in their house. Federal civil rights legislation is needed here, and not just for the visitors.

    • Will Drider August 13, 2017, 11:47 pm

      The reason is because the majority of New Yorkers voted in the politicians that make the anti-gun Laws. Non-residents gave no such authority or consent to be deprived of their 2A Rights. NY laws state you can transit through NY with a lawful firearm but NY can not be a destination (start, end or undue delay while en route).

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