A tourist from Georgia was arrested Tuesday after he brought a gun to the Empire State Building, police said
The 39-year-old man was waiting on a security checkpoint line at about 7 p.m. when he saw a sign stating no firearms were allowed inside the building, police said.
The man told the security screener he was carrying a .40-caliber pistol in his waistband and that he had a permit to carry in his home state.
He and a friend were taken into police custody; the friend was released, but the man is facing charges for illegal gun possession in New York, according to police.
We see genius gun owners do this kind of thing from time to time. Obviously they're not planning on committing a crime or doing anyone harm. But, don't their actions violate some basic rules of gun safety? Wouldn't this be part of the famous situational awareness they're always talking about?
Presumably in order to arrive in NYC from Georgia this guy had to pass through states that don't look too kindly on his being armed. He was oblivious of this fact. Then to arrive at his destination so completely unaware of the local laws - it boggles the mind.
Guys who do this should suffer the full consequences of the one-strike-you're-out rule. They should lose the right to own guns. It wouldn't be enough to just send him home with a slap on the wrist because the same kind of nonchalance towards gun laws applies there too. Even in the backward State of Georgia there are places where guns are prohibited. This guy has proven he cannot be trusted to follow the rules.