“I definitely did not know it was illegal to bring a gun into New York City”

March 22nd, 2012

A former Marine whose arrest at the Empire State Building on a gun-possession charge last September prompted outrage among supporters of gun rights pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor weapons-possession charge.

The agreement allowed the former Marine, Ryan Jerome, a jeweler from Indiana, to avoid a possible prison sentence of three and a half years. He agreed to serve 10 days of community service near his home and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Mr. Bederow also argued that the case should have been dismissed because his client did not intend to violate the law, but the district attorney’s office said criminal intent was not a requirement for being found in violation of the state’s weapons-possession laws.

Oh mens rea? How quaint!

So that’s how this case ends.

Meredith Graves, a nurse from Tennessee, was arrested in December after she tried to check her .32-caliber pistol at the National September 11 Memorial. She pleaded guilty on Monday to a misdemeanor weapons-possession charge, but was not fined or required to perform community service.

Mark J. Meckler, a Tea Party leader, was arrested at La Guardia Airport that same month after he presented a locked gun box to a Delta Air Lines ticketing agent. Mr. Meckler, who had a permit to carry his gun in California, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a violation.