By now, I’m sure you have all heard about Meredith Graves, the Tennessean who attempted to check her handgun at a NYC
tourist trap memorial and was arrested for her trouble. It seems like everybody and their brother have commented. Hell, even the TN legislature has gotten in on the act, which I applaud. I have two things to say about it.
First, it is your responsibility, when visiting other countries, to know the laws of said countries, so you don’t fuck up and get caught breaking a stupid one while there. Yes, I said country, and I meant it. The Peoples Republics of New York and California are no longer part of the United States of America, as this whole clusterfuck aptly demonstrates.
Second, under no circumstances should any activity that is completely legal in one place be a felony in another, especially if NY similarly “liberal” states wish to retain their statehood. Laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but the disparity is what pisses me off so much.
Sure, she should have known that other states have different gun laws. She should have made sure that she knew the laws. Then she could have evaluated whether or not she wished to obey an asinine, unconstitutional law, or not. If she chose not to, her knowledge would have allowed her to act accordingly.
Regardless of all that, there is no way in hell that she should serve time or become a “prohibited person” for trying to do what was right, despite her ignorance. Ignorance may not be a defense for breaking the law, but mens rea, obviously absent in this case, should definitely be.
Disclaimer for the putrid smegma stains monitoring the internets for .gov because they are insignificant pissants who are too damn stupid and/or lazy to find a real fucking job: None of the comments above are in any way intended to encourage anyone to break the law, knowingly or otherwise. In addition, none of the comments above should be construed as legal advice. Now go fuck yourself with a lit stick of dynamite.