A former US Marine faces up to three years in prison for trying to do the right thing and check his Indiana-registered hand gun at the Empire State Building. This is becoming a pattern in New York City.
Ryan Jerome, a 28-year-old former private first class whose father and grandfather were Marines, faces three and a half years in prison after being arrested Sept. 27 for carrying a .45-caliber Ruger that was legally registered in his home state.
Jerome, of West Bend, Ind., had approached security officers at the Empire State Building to check the weapon before he was taken into custody, according to his attorney, who said it was the man’s first visit to New York City.
“Ryan Jerome is neither a criminal nor someone with an illegal gun,” his attorney, Mark Bederow, said in an interview with FoxNews.com.
“It’s plainly obvious to anyone who looks at the facts and circumstances of this case that he made an honest mistake and was looking to follow the New York laws and be responsible,” Bederow said. “He tried to be careful – that’s the irony here.”
Jerome, who has not been indicted, could face three and a half years in prison if the case goes to trial and he is convicted of carrying the weapon under New York State law. (Read More)
You’re probably wondering where New York City’s gun laws originated. Thanks to the New York Post for enlightening us. The laws date back to the uber-corrupt Tammany Hall.
The father of New York gun control was Democratic city pol “Big Tim “Sullivan — a state senator and Tammany Hall crook, a criminal overseer of the gangs of New York.
n 1911 — in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide — Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon.
This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought pitched battles with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastmans, against the Italian Five Pointers. When the cops showed up, the two underworld armies joined forces and blasted away, resulting in three deaths and scores of injuries. The public was clamoring for action against the gangs.
Problem was the gangs worked for Tammany. The Democratic machine used them as shtarkers (sluggers), enforcing discipline at the polls and intimidating the opposition. Gang leaders like Monk Eastman were even employed as informal “sheriffs,” keeping their turf under Tammany control.
Read the whole thing. It turns out Big Tim Sullivan had syphilis at the time he wrote the law, and was later committed to a sanitarium.