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January 13, 2012
Meredith Graves Arrested For Accidentally Breaking NYC Gun Law, Could Face Three Years in Prison - 16

Meredith Graves, a 39-year-old nurse and medical student from Tennessee, was in Manhattan with her husband on Dec. 22 when they decided to visit the 9/11 Memorial to pay their respects to those who were killed.
           
What she didn't realize was that she was no longer in America. She was in New York City.
           
Seeing signs banning firearms at the memorial, Graves, who has a Tennessee-issued concealed weapons permit, realized she had a loaded .32 caliber pistol in her purse. She dutifully asked a police officer where she could check her pistol.
           
Graves was immediately arrested and hauled off in handcuffs. She now faces a gun possession charge that carries a mandatory minimum of three-and-a-half years in prison.
           
Her arrest and pending prison sentence has touched off a nationwide firestorm of angst and anger, exposing the need for a national right-to-carry reciprocity, New York's draconian and ineffectual gun laws, and the bombastic anti-gun bigotry of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
           
Graves "is a prime example of why national reciprocity is needed," wrote said Jeff Knox on FirearmsCoalition.org. "No one should have to worry about whether their constitutionally guaranteed rights are recognized from one jurisdiction to the next."
           
The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 was passed in House of Representatives 272-154 on Nov. 15. It would allow gun owners to travel more easily from state-to-state without worrying if their permit to carry is valid.
           
However, it is not expected to be taken up by the Democratic-led Senate, where a similar measure failed in 2009.
           
In essence, Graves -- by mandatory N.Y. law -- must do prison time for exercising a right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution at a place in which those rights and that Constitution were attacked.
           
Even the most liberal anti-gun Manhattanites see the irony.
           
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), whose district includes Ground Zero, told the New York Post that he will form a committee to "see how, exactly, (state laws) are being enforced and to look at the possibility that there should be changes."
           
According to a former city prosecutor, a gun-control proponent, city and state laws are dangerously silly.
           
"Imagine an upstanding citizen who’s gone through the background check, etc, to get a carry permit in another state and is flying with the gun safely checked in his luggage — until the plane is forced to land at JFK because of mechanical problems, obliging him to spend the night here," he told Andrew Stuttaford in Jan. 4 National Review column. "He asks where to check his weapon and is immediately arrested. Then he spends 24 hours in jail awaiting arraignment, where he’s released on bail to later return to New York and face a mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years in state prison. That’s not a nightmare; it’s the existing law in New York State. Reform is needed, now."
           
To add insult to injury, when police searched Graves, they found white powder in her purse. She told officers it was BC Aspirin powder. They tested it to determine if it was cocaine. The test confirmed it was BC Aspirin powder. She was never charged with cocaine possession.
           
But that didn't stop Bloomberg from accusing Graves of cocaine possession repeatedly in subsequent press conferences.
           
"Let's assume that she didn't get arrested for carrying a gun," he said. "She probably would have gotten arrested for the cocaine that was in her pocket."
           
In a Jan. 10 press release, the Second Amendment Foundation alleged that Bloomberg's comments weren't a mere slip of the tongue, but the perpetuation of his attacks on gun-owners, the Bill of Rights, and U.S. Constitution.
          
 "I am sick and tired of Bloomberg demonizing gun owners," SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said. "The only thing worse than Bloomberg's New York gun laws is Bloomberg himself. If Bloomberg ever had any credibility at all, it no longer exists. His deliberate slander of Meredith Graves is reprehensible, and he should be ashamed."
           
For more, go to:         
-- Bloomberg's Slander of Gun Law Victim 'Despicable,' says SAF
           
-- I Am Meredith Graves
      
-- Meredith Graves and Concealed-Carry Reciprocity
           
-- Tennessee tourist, medical student Meredith Graves finds media spotlight in purse
           
-- LIFE AMONG THE BARBARIANS: Tennessee tourist arrested for bringing pistol into 9/11 Memorial
           
-- Meredith Graves could force gun law change after 9/11 Memorial arrest
           
-- Don't Bring Your Gun To The 9/11 Memorial
           
-- Meredith Graves
           
-- Tourist tries to check loaded gun at WTC memorial
           
-- NY Post Story on Tennessee Gun Owners Adds Unnecessary Bias

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

IT'S no wonder to me now why NEW YORKERS ARE SO RUDE,they assume no one is packing. WELCOME TO THE SOUTH AND MIND YOUR MANNERS.

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from bubbabear wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

@John Haughey prior to typing this post I sent an email to speaker@assembly.state.ny.us

@cjohnsrud try it. I mean REALLY try it. Enforcing authorities are probably more confused than the CCW holder trying to do the right thing...speaking from experience

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from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I would like to hear updates on this subject and how it turns out,often we hear of such unconcievable acts against gun owners that defies common logic.

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from gunit6897 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I live in PA. My brother was pulled over in the NY state while he had a handgun in his truck. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. I still don't understand how New York has laws that clearly violate our constitutional rights. Shame on law enforcement officials for enforcing such stupidity. Shame on New York.

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from Derek Elliot wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Ishi, in a comment below, suggested "The United States should invade New York City and take it back." Perhaps this tactic is a little too radical at this point. However, a good boycott of the city by all good gun-loving Americans is not a bad idea at this point. Business owners should not plan to have any meetings, conventions or investments in NYC. Likewise, tourists should consider other cities for their entertainment. This may be a language that Bloomberg understands.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

As they say, no good deed goes unpunished. Bloombutthole forgot to pen the car bombing on her also.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Granted, it is our responsibility to know the laws of the other jurisdictions we might be traveling in but a mandatory sentence of three years is out of line in some cases. And afterall it was NYC and it is hard for me to understand how anyone hasn't heard of Bloomberg's campaign against private gun ownership. She tried to check it in with a cop, how guilty does that look. Bloomberg is a proven liar and how he keeps getting reelected is beyond me.

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from JM wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Hopefully they change the law. This lady does not deserve prison time.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

A defense fund is going to be necessary in order to help Ms Graves. This case needs to go SCOTUS so we can reassert our rights even if in NYC.
later,
charlie

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from Dcast wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Cjohnsrud, It is our duty, lawmakers, elected people in general to uphold our constitutional rights which in most cases trumps states & local rights. The only reason people obtain a CCW permit is to avoid headache. She screwed up but NY did also. Furthermore why would anyone want to go to New York, California, or any other cesspool?

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

If Ishi's invasion doesn't work out; build a big net over the city to keep all the free radicals in and innocents out.
later,
charlie

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from John Haughey wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

To contact Sheldon Silver, the NY State Assemblyman who represents lower Manhattan and is the Speaker of the NY State Assembly, email: speaker@assembly.state.ny.us.
I'd start there.

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from bigcat wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

This mandatory sentencing is ridiculous. Maybe all the other states should make mandatory sentencing for NY City residents who violate laws in their states. To put a citizen with no criminal intent in prison for 3 years is so scary I cannot fathom the situation. Contact your US Representatives and Senators and advocate for a Federal Concealed Carry Law.

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from Ishi wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

The United States should invade New York City and take it back.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Playing Devil's advocate here. It is our responsibility as CCW permit holders to know which states recognize your issuing state's permit.

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from cuz wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Who do we need to email or write to, im order to help this womans case?

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from Dcast wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Cjohnsrud, It is our duty, lawmakers, elected people in general to uphold our constitutional rights which in most cases trumps states & local rights. The only reason people obtain a CCW permit is to avoid headache. She screwed up but NY did also. Furthermore why would anyone want to go to New York, California, or any other cesspool?

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from cjohnsrud wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Playing Devil's advocate here. It is our responsibility as CCW permit holders to know which states recognize your issuing state's permit.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

A defense fund is going to be necessary in order to help Ms Graves. This case needs to go SCOTUS so we can reassert our rights even if in NYC.
later,
charlie

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from JM wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Hopefully they change the law. This lady does not deserve prison time.

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from bubbabear wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

@John Haughey prior to typing this post I sent an email to speaker@assembly.state.ny.us

@cjohnsrud try it. I mean REALLY try it. Enforcing authorities are probably more confused than the CCW holder trying to do the right thing...speaking from experience

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ishi wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

The United States should invade New York City and take it back.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from John Haughey wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

To contact Sheldon Silver, the NY State Assemblyman who represents lower Manhattan and is the Speaker of the NY State Assembly, email: speaker@assembly.state.ny.us.
I'd start there.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from charlie elk wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

If Ishi's invasion doesn't work out; build a big net over the city to keep all the free radicals in and innocents out.
later,
charlie

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Granted, it is our responsibility to know the laws of the other jurisdictions we might be traveling in but a mandatory sentence of three years is out of line in some cases. And afterall it was NYC and it is hard for me to understand how anyone hasn't heard of Bloomberg's campaign against private gun ownership. She tried to check it in with a cop, how guilty does that look. Bloomberg is a proven liar and how he keeps getting reelected is beyond me.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from captjim wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

As they say, no good deed goes unpunished. Bloombutthole forgot to pen the car bombing on her also.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Derek Elliot wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Ishi, in a comment below, suggested "The United States should invade New York City and take it back." Perhaps this tactic is a little too radical at this point. However, a good boycott of the city by all good gun-loving Americans is not a bad idea at this point. Business owners should not plan to have any meetings, conventions or investments in NYC. Likewise, tourists should consider other cities for their entertainment. This may be a language that Bloomberg understands.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

I would like to hear updates on this subject and how it turns out,often we hear of such unconcievable acts against gun owners that defies common logic.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from cuz wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Who do we need to email or write to, im order to help this womans case?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from bigcat wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

This mandatory sentencing is ridiculous. Maybe all the other states should make mandatory sentencing for NY City residents who violate laws in their states. To put a citizen with no criminal intent in prison for 3 years is so scary I cannot fathom the situation. Contact your US Representatives and Senators and advocate for a Federal Concealed Carry Law.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from gunit6897 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I live in PA. My brother was pulled over in the NY state while he had a handgun in his truck. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. I still don't understand how New York has laws that clearly violate our constitutional rights. Shame on law enforcement officials for enforcing such stupidity. Shame on New York.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 6phunter wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

IT'S no wonder to me now why NEW YORKERS ARE SO RUDE,they assume no one is packing. WELCOME TO THE SOUTH AND MIND YOUR MANNERS.

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