Last month, Californian lawyer and influential Tea Party leader Mark Meckler was arrested for trying to board a plane at LaGuardia Airport with a handgun and ammunition. This week, Meckler pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct (reduced from felony criminal possession of a concealed weapon), but he wasn't too happy about it. He made his displeasure known in a long entry on his website, in which he railed against "NYC’s unconstitutional or tyrannical behavior:" "Until you have felt the handcuffs on your wrists, and until you have heard that cell door close behind you, it is impossible to understand what it means to actually lose your liberty."
Meckler had a valid concealed carry permit for the semi-automatic handgun in California, but didn't have permission to bring the weapon around NY, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. He was arrested trying to board a Detroit-bound Delta flight on Dec. 15; he was fined $250 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. His lawyer called the arrest—and by extension NY's gun laws—outrageous: "It's the guy who's doing the drive-by shootings you want to stop. These people aren't the people you want to keep from committing gun violence. They're people who are obeying the law."
Meckler recounted the whole experience on his website, noting he was used to dealing with varying procedures on guns in different airports: "Unfortunately, that day, I didn’t realize that I was about to cross paths with New York City’s anti-Second Amendment stance." Even after his case was closed, he hasn't been able to get his gun back:
There is no law that allows them to confiscate a weapon in this manner. They simply say “no” when you ask for your weapon back. This is apparently their “policy.” It is done regularly in New York. This is government robbery. Not only is New York City anti-Second Amendment rights, but they are depriving citizens of their legally owned property. My lawyer has advised me that I can attempt to pursue the return of my firearm, but that to do so would cost me more than the firearm is worth. I am not alone in facing this tyranny.
Meckler ends by vowing to fight "this sort of Constitutional abuse, Second Amendment and otherwise... It is time to stand for the plain meaning of the Constitution. Every word of the Constitution is important, and we must fight for them all." He adds one last note at the end that every law enforcement officer he dealt with in NY was polite and professional: "They are not to blame for NYC’s unconstitutional or tyrannical behavior. From my experience, they seem to be good people, just doing a difficult job."