The scourge of tourists who think they can bring their guns to New York City, despite the fact that our city has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, continued with an arrest on Sunday morning.
The latest offender is Terell Coleman of Georgia, who allegedly left a .45 Glock under his mattress at the DoubleTree hotel in the financial district, according to a police spokesperson. A cleaning lady phoned the police at around 11 a.m. on Sunday after finding the firearm, and Coleman was subsequently cuffed and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
The gun was "legally licensed to him as the owner in Georgia, but he happened to come up to New York with the same firearm not knowing that he wasn't allowed to bring his firearm to New York," the police spokesperson added.
Last month, a North Carolina man was charged with criminal weapons possession after a cleaning lady at a Brooklyn motel found his gun, also under a mattress. "I didn't know it was such a big deal," the man told police at the time.
While the gun-toting Southern sightseers obviously should've consulted New York's firearm laws before their visit, our two most recent offenders were at least considerate enough to leave their guns behind before traveling to any of the city's heavily secured landmarks—something you'd think we wouldn't need to warn people about, and yet...