Thursday, December 15, 2011

TPP's Mark Meckler Arrested at NY Airport...For Carrying Gun in LOCKED Case

** BE SURE TO READ THE LATEST UPDATE on how New York authorities are ignoring the FEDERAL Firearms Owners' Protection Act in the arrest of Meckler. **

You may have already heard the news that Mark Meckler, Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots, was arrested at LaGuardia Airport today, but no one sums up the facts it better than alleged Felon himself...

“So...yes...I did get arrested at La Guardia today for carrying a perfectly legal, registered, unloaded handgun in temporary transit in a locked, TSA approved case.  The fun began when I declared it to the ticketing agent, and asked for the appropriate form, per procedure, from her.  I've done this all across the country, more times than I can count.

It is an outrage against liberty...and we'll be fighting it.  It's been one heck of a day, and I appreciate all the outpouring of support.  Sitting in there all day today, the idea of liberty deprived becomes much more than a theoretical one.  It ups my passion for what we do a thousand times over.  It is almost impossible to explain how it felt, on so many levels.  

Here's the official statement.  I'm afraid I can't say a lot more because it's a pending legal matter and I have to follow the lawyers instructions.  But there was no way I wasn't going to reach out to you guys personally.

"Mark Meckler, an attorney and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, who holds a concealed-carry permit from the state of California, today was charged with a firearms violation at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. While in temporary transit through the state of New York in possession of an unloaded, lawful firearm that was locked in a TSA-approved safe, he legally declared his possession of the firearm in his checked baggage at the ticket counter as required by law and in a manner approved by TSA and the airline, yet was arrested by port authority for said possession."

Any support you can provide in response to blog items etc., is greatly appreciated.  This is a perfect example of our liberties under attack. 


And for anyone who wants to know, here is the OFFICIAL TSA POLICY FOR CHECKING A FIREARM ONTO AN AIRPLANE

The Port Authority says he was arrested because possession of an unloaded firearm AND ammunition in a LOCKED case is the equivalent of carrying a loaded weapon...
“"He had the weapon and ammunition, and that's like having a loaded weapon," Della Fave said."
(Port Authority Spokesperson)

LIKE having a loaded weapon. LIKE.

I’m no gun law specialist, but is this really the logic in New York? Do you have to carry your ammo in a separate locked case? Or is owning and gun AND ammunition illegal? Cause we’re in opposite world here and I just want to know the rules.

And I thought California sucked.

P.S. For the record, I know Mark, he’s good guy and an even better attorney. I have no doubt that he will not only win this fight, and probably have fun doing it.

P.P.S. This story just reminded me...if you are looking for that last minute stocking stuffer, look no further...handgun ice cube tray


Doo Doo Econ said...

Wow, that is scary, but how in the hell did Mark get a CCW permit in CA?

In order to acquire the CCW permit he should know that the gun and ammo are supposed to be separate in some states as insane as the requirement may be. I wish him the best.

I understand that on January 1, 2012 California no longer allows Open Carry of unloaded weapons.

SarahB said...

Charles, Mark has had some VERY credible threats against his life which have helped him get the permit. The tone of the Sheriff in any given county has a lot to do with your ability to get one.

I'd be very surprised if Mark was not well versed in the minutia of the laws in the various states he visits. He plays his cards very close to the vest and we won't learn the particulars until this thing is all done (even to the detriment of his reputation)

Doo Doo Econ said...

I read the TSA requirements which do clearly state that the ammunition can be in the same case as the fire arm, but must be properly packaged. The typical packaging of purchased ammunition seems to meet the requirement.

Unless the ammo was in a clip or floating, it doesn't seem to be a TSA violation.