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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 07:26 AM
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Tea party's Mark Meckler arrested on gun charge
Source: AP via CBS

A leader of a tea party group was arrested after he took a gun to LaGuardia Airport.

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler was taken into custody Thursday morning after he tried to check in for a Delta flight to Detroit with a locked gun box containing a Glock pistol and 19 cartridges of ammunition, Queens prosecutors said.

Meckler, 49, declared the weapon, as required, authorities said. He's licensed to carry the gun in Grass Valley, Calif., where he lives, but that license isn't valid in New York, which has strict rules on carrying concealed weapons, they said.

Meckler spent the day in jail and was arraigned in Queens late Friday afternoon on a felony weapons possession charge. He was released pending a Jan. 12 court date.


Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57344080/tea-partys...
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 09:17 AM
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1. I don't understand. He had declared the gun and had it in a locked box as airlines require.
Maybe he was carrying the gun concealed on his person until he arrived at the airport, then put it in the box when he got there. California's concealed carry permits are not recognized by New York, as the article says.

This article is poorly written. It shouldn't leave us wondering.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 11:52 AM
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2. But he was in New York, where it was illegal to have.
Good for New York!!!
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-16-11 12:26 PM
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3. New York is one of the 49 states that issues concealed carry permits.
So I'm guessing somebody there must legally have handguns in their possession.
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