His lawyer’s carefully crafted statement make it almost sound like he was merely changing flights in New York when he was pinched, but the fact of the matter is that Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler was an idiot who illegally carried a gun in New York for “several days” before his airport arrest.
A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs LaGuardia, called the case an “unfortunate situation” and said that Meckler apparently did not know the law in New York.
Spokesman Al Della Fave said that Meckler, 49, had arrived at the airport at 5:30 a.m. to board a Delta flight to Detroit.
He declared that he had the weapon in his luggage, Della Fave said, and the ticket agent notified police.
Police found the gun, which is registered, locked in a case.
“He had the weapon and ammunition, and that’s like having a loaded weapon,” Della Fave said.
Although Meckler has a permit for California, he does not have one for New York, where he had stayed for several days, Della Fave said.
I think New York’s laws are asinine, but the simple fact of the matter is that it is a concealed carry permit holder’s duty to learn the laws of the states he intends to carry his weapon in and comply with the laws of that state.