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.