I am not a Tea Party Patriot member but I certainly share many of the same concerns and solutions this wonderful bunch of Americans have with our government and our way of life. The down side of the folks at the helm of the organization is they get threats on their lives and their families and many carry a firearm or have one close by to ensure a bit of protection. Mark Meckler, our California Tea Party and also the national leader of the Tea Party, carries and/or transports a firearm when he travels.
He has divulged that he has a permit in many states but apparently not New York. He had the weapon, unloaded and locked in a TSA approved box and packed in his luggage. He disclosed this to the TSA agent (as required by NY law) and the whole terrible adventure began. In my view, a unloaded weapon packed away in luggage placed in the hold of a plane does not appear to be a problem. But New York, the most regulated anti-constitutional state after California, has a different opinion. Meckler does have a concealed permit in California.
Rather than arrest people for lawful acts I think it is time for New York to stop being what some call, a fascist state and redo their gun laws and procedures. Is the goal to allow people to transport without fear, a weapon or as I see in this case, to use the force of government to make it neigh to impossible to do so under threat of a felony? New York has now opened a can of worms for themselves especially with common sense gun owners in their own state. I would expect some movement to bring the issue of the Second Amendment and it protections back from the New York dustbin and place it front and center as a right. No jack boots from New York authorities would be needed.
HERE os the official release from Meckler attorneys
""Mark Meckler, an attorney and National Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, who holds a concealed-carry permit from the state of California, today was charged with a firearms violation at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. While in temporary transit through the state of New York in possession of an unloaded, lawful firearm that was locked in a TSA-approved safe, he legally declared his possession of the firearm in his checked baggage at the ticket counter as required by law and in a manner approved by TSA and the airline, yet was arrested by port authority for said possession."