And another martyr

You’d think with all the bad press recently about non-residents being caught carrying in violation of the Sullivan Act people would stop doing it, at least while the issue is hot.  Not so according to the Post, “Another tourist busted for guns“:

“An Ohio man who has a gun permit in his home state is the latest city tourist to be caught in the web of New York’s strict gun laws, The Post has learned. Fred Vankirk, 59, of Columbus, was slapped with handcuffs at about 11 a.m. Saturday after cops found two .357 Magnum pistols and a .45 semiautomatic in his room at the Radisson Hotel on Lexington Avenue … Vankirk, who has no criminal history, told the arresting officer, “I have three guns in the hotel room. Is that what this is about?” a court complaint alleges. Later, in a videotaped interview at the Manhattan DA’s Office, he told authorities he had been in New York for about three weeks and had the guns for protection, police sources said …”

Ohio is right-to-carry, New York is not.  Prosecuting him just adds momentum to H.R. 822.

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10 thoughts on “And another martyr

  1. OK i know the country of New York doesn’t recognize my right’s. So i dont go there. I know it is also my responsibility to know the laws in every place i go into. I would know better and so should these people. But then agin the leos up there should stop violating our rights.

  2. Joseph asks “Why three?”

    F**k , you, that’s why.

    No person should have to justify need to anyone to exercise a basic human right.

  3. A non resident having 3 unlicensed handguns with him on a visit might indicate to some folks (like a jury) that they’re not just for self defense.

    Admin should have screened Kristophers antagonistic comment out of the post.

  4. Once again, interacting with police leads to problems. People need to learn that New York is not part of America, and that police are the enemy, no matter where they are. Both should be avoided.

  5. I think it’s likely a maid saw one of the weapons in the course of a daily room cleaning. Though he’d been in NY for three weeks, if he just checked into that hotel it’s possible, if he entrusted his bags to the bellhops, that the hotel x-rayed them before transporting them to his room.

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