NY Woman Faces 25 Years on Gun Charges for Possessing Props, Toys — WTF???

A New York woman may spend up to 25 years behind bars after law enforcement seized prop and toy guns from her apartment last year.

Elizaveta Zlatkis of Forest Hills is still facing first-degree charges for criminal possession of a weapon despite the fact that 21 of the 22 “guns” confiscated from her apartment last December were airsoft rifles, toy replicas, or starter pistols.

Only one of the items recovered was a real gun, however, it had been rendered permanently inoperable after the internals and the trigger had been removed. 

A friend of Ms. Zlatkis explained to the Queens Daily Eagle why she keeps these faux and nonfunctional firearms on hand.  

“We do videos with them as props,” said a rapper who goes by the name Crucial. “I didn’t know you could actually get in trouble with all that. That’s wild. They’re fake.”

After posing for a photo op that applauded the NYPD’s Field Intelligence Officer and Special Operations Unit for “taking multiple guns off the streets” the department later acknowledged that the bust was a failure.  

“Firearms were recovered on Friday, December 27, 2019 in regard to a search warrant and deemed inoperable at a later date,” said Detective Denise Moroney, an NYPD spokesperson.

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The obvious question is why is Ms. Zlatkis still facing charges?  

As her attorney, Joe Murray lamented, “Not a single gun was real.  I want to clear her name. She’s not a gangster.”

Apparently, none of that matters to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, who refused to drop the charges after Ms. Zlatkis turned down a plea deal.  

Along with the first-degree weapons charge, Ms. Zlatkis faces several misdemeanor charges including possessing ammunition and endangering a child, a charge stemming from the first-degree weapons charge. 

If that sounds crazy, that’s because it is crazy.  Ms. Zlatkis’ “weapons” were not real nor functional, therefore, they did not place the child endanger.  

Yet, it seems that DA Katz doesn’t want to take the “L” on this, instead, she is insisting that Ms. Zlatkis cop to something.  

Meanwhile, Ms. Zlatkis’ life has been upended over the past year.  She fears that any time she applies for a job, the first thing that will pop up during a background check or a simple search of her name is the first-degree weapons charge which, as mentioned, carries up to 25 years in prison.    

“I look completely crazy,” Zltakis told the Eagle. “It’s humiliating.”

Adding insult to injury is the fact that while the DA is busy prosecuting her on trumped up gun charges, the state is releasing real criminals back out on the streets. 

As GunsAmerica recently reported, almost 90 percent of suspects thought to have committed gun-related crimes in New York City have been released back onto the streets.  

As a result, violence has spiked.  Shootings are up 95 percent from last year through the first 11 months of 2020. (1,412 vs. 721) .   

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea outlined the problem, saying recently, “We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons … but when you look, three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence.”

Why is NYC wasting time and resources going after a young woman who is not a violent offender?  

By the same token, why is the federal government blowing taxpayer dollars on efforts to outlaw pistol braces or conduct raids on pro-gun businesses like Polymer80?

None of these efforts will “save lives” or curb gun-related violence.  Lawmakers know that.  So, why do they choose to put the screws to responsible citizens and businesses and ignore the real drivers of gun-related violence?  

Actually, it’s worse than ignore, in the case of NYC, city leaders are actually fueling it via a bail scheme that allows for a quick catch and release of hardened criminals.  

We know the answer, of course.  Peddlers of gun control in government have no interest in reducing crime.  On the contrary, they need it high so they can justify to their unwashed masses more incremental infringements on one’s right to keep and bear arms.  For these ruling elites, the objective isn’t to stop the bad guys, it’s to prosecute and disarm people like you, me and Ms. Zlatkis.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Bob Howard December 30, 2020, 5:26 am

    What a bunch of inbreds!

    • Gerry Rhoades December 31, 2020, 11:39 am

      What a bunch of morons! Why would anyone live in a state that has only one question on a police officer application, ‘Are you now, or have you ever been a moronic, lying scumbag who cant tell a real gun from a toy gun?’ Unbelievable

  • zeno streletz December 29, 2020, 11:28 am

    This group of police officers are trying hard to keep their jobs.
    They will even break the law to do it.

  • Bob Clark December 27, 2020, 5:38 pm

    “I look completely crazy,”

    No, Ms. Zlatkis, see those guys posed around those fake guns, looking proud, like they’ve really done something? They’re the ones who look “completely crazy”.

  • Bob December 26, 2020, 12:16 pm

    Why isn’t this prosecutor being crucified in the media? TV, radio, print the butt of every joke, shine a light on this and nip her foolish career in the bud. You ask “where do these people come from” when they get to the national stage. Right here right now. This is one trying to start down the path to become another ridiculous leftist politician. By not not apologizing for the mistake and dropping all charges she has shown what she is.

  • Pwderman 1940 December 25, 2020, 4:28 pm

    I hope this women not only files a lawsuit, and wins big time, but gets enough publicity to make the IDIOTS that perpetrated this feel as small as their itty bitty brains are. NYCPD must have some excellent training LOL in not being able to tell a real gun from a fake!!!

    The DA should be run out of office and not allowed to hold any public position again. Additionally be charged with false arrest and if this women one second in a cell, false imprisonment.

    These so called GUN CONTROL advocates, politicians, don’t understand after you disarm the people only the bad guys will have guns! AAAHHH maybe they do take away their guns they, politicians, would control the people and then the bad guys would keep the them in line.

  • Bill December 25, 2020, 12:35 pm

    I hope this woman and her family SUES NYC and NY State for as much money as her attorney can get her.

    This is out and out Politically Motivated ! ! !

    These “Experts” need a crash coarse in reality !

    Best of Luck Lady, I HOPE you win ! This Madness has to stop.

    The politicians do not want to stop gun violence, Because if it (gun violence) stops, they will not have anymore excuses to waste money on BS, And this way they can continue to Persecute Honest Law abiding citizens, the LEGAL gun owners, and try to Take OUR RIGHTS AWAY !

  • Ronnie Maeker December 25, 2020, 11:53 am

    Follow the money…
    It will lead to the facts.

  • C J December 25, 2020, 9:57 am

    Field Intelligence Officer? Yeah right. See all those cops posing & smiling for that BS photo?
    Like most cops, they are not gun people. They’re ‘career’ people. Furthering their careers. I am from a cop family & love most police. Blue Lives DEFINITELY Matter. As far as a NY DA goes, not surprised in the least. Look at her bosses! Lettitia James & Andrew Cuomo. Hope this lady gets her life back. She should sue.

  • Bob DuPriest December 25, 2020, 8:24 am

    I nominate everyone of those Officers for “Tool of the Year” awards for not knowing the difference between a real gun and a TOY!!! Furthermore, I’d like to nominate DA Kurtz for “Vindictive Fascist of the Year” for refusing to dismiss the charges.

  • Leigh December 25, 2020, 8:02 am

    But it makes people FEEL better…all that matters.
    Again…guns don’t kill people…thugs with guns kill people.
    This is what happens when you eliminate bail and fail to prosecute gun charges. The laws are on the books…nail them.
    Oh wait…they are not white…so we must let them go free. SMH

  • michael December 25, 2020, 7:45 am

    More insanity in America. So NYPD couldn’t see they were toy guns ? lol

  • Michael L Hayes December 25, 2020, 5:44 am

    More NY idiots.

  • RV December 25, 2020, 5:40 am

    These NYPD Field Intelligence and Special Operations officers are a bunch of Retards if they can not recognize a toy or airsoft gun from a real firearm. They obviously did not know the difference because they are proudly posing in front of the haul for a photo op on their Twitter post. I would sue these idiots if I were Zlatkis.

    • Charles Surratt December 25, 2020, 11:15 am

      Damn, can’t you see “genius” overflowing from each and every one of them (intelligence at its finest).

  • Sam Hancock December 24, 2020, 7:58 pm

    This is crazy but so much is crazy these days. But what if they had been real, it’s not like she was doing anything wrong with them. She wasn’t robbing people or using them to hurt people. Just because you are on the wrong side of some arbitrary line shouldn’t make you a criminal.

    • Mark N. December 25, 2020, 6:29 pm

      In NY you have to have a permit to own a real gun. Which she obviously doesn’t have.

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