Guns

Tourist Tries to Check Gun at 9/11 Memorial; Faces 3 Years in Prison

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Tennessee woman with a permit to carry a gun forgot she still had her gun in her purse when she visited the 9/11 memorial in New York City. Now she faces more than three years in prison.

The New York Post reports that 39-year-old Meredith Graves was about to enter Ground Zero on December 22 when she saw a sign that read "no guns allowed."

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"She remembered she had the gun on her,” a source told the newspaper. She saw a security guard and asked him, “I have this gun. Where can I check it?”

The Post writes:

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The guard told her that she was in luck because of “law enforcement day” — and led her to another area.

When she got to that section, she asked another cop, “We have this gun — can we check it in here? We [my husband and I] are not law-enforcement.”

That’s when she was arrested.

Graves remained in jail for a week on a weapons possession charge until posting bail on Wednesday. Prosecutors are seeking felony charges against her that carry a minimum sentence of three and a half years in prison.

“You’d think states would reciprocate with the Second Amendment. She has a license to carry in Tennessee,” said her mother-in-law, who didn't give her name. "Everyone down there carries, and she just forgot. She was being honest, and this is the treatment they give innocent people.”

But that argument does not fly with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is virulently anti-gun and comes down hard against any gun law broken in his city.