Jack E. Kemp
Mark Meckler, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, faced the judge today.
Back in December, CBS News reported that Meckler had,
"...tried to check in for a Delta flight to Detroit with a locked gun box containing a Glock pistol and 19 cartridges of ammunition, Queens prosecutors said.Meckler, 49, declared the weapon, as required, authorities said. He's licensed to carry the gun in Grass Valley,
Calif., where he lives, but that license isn't valid in New York, which has strict rules on carrying concealed weapons, they said."
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Mr. Meckler was taken to jail in Queens County in handcuffs that day, according to his website (see below).
While I was waiting for the assigned courtroom for the Meckler case to open at the Queens County, NY, Criminal Court Building this morning, a young man outside the courtroom spoke with me about the judge, the Hon. Dorothy Chin-Brandt.
"This judge here doesn't play."
But Mark Meckler's attorney, Brian Stapleton, had negotiated a deal with the prosecution to plead guilty on one charge, while others were dismissed. Judge Chin-Brandt, ruled that Mr. Meckler should pay a $250 fine and $120 in court costs. The judge stated that he had to avoid further charges for one year, so I assume he is on some kind of one year's probation. She also stated a new violation within that year could or would result in a multi-year criminal sentence.
Mr. Meckler had this information to add, in his own words, at his website this afternoon:
I am pleased to announce that the criminal case against me has been dropped. Although I was originally charged with a violent felony, the case against me was resolved with a plea to “disorderly conduct. ” Disorderly Conduct is not a felony or a misdemeanor, or even a crime. The facts underlying my plea are that I declared a legally purchased, properly licensed and unloaded firearm at an airport counter. Apparently, much to my surprise, in New York City, it is considered “disorderly conduct” to exercise your constitutionally guaranteed, Second Amendment rights.
Strangely, now that the case against me is over, the authorities refuse to return my firearm. 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.
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Sitting near Mr. Meckler this morning before his appearance before the judge, I identified myself and talked to him about Tea Party Nation having written an article urging a boycott of tourism in New York because of this harsh law that resulted in his - and others' - arrests. Meckler replied, "They're a lot of good people in New York."
Considering the Tea Party Patriot co-founder minutes later would be told he just was required to pay a fine and then go free - and didn't have to stand trial or get sentenced to long jail time - New York people were fairly good to Mark Meckler today. Yet New York's seizing his gun is something that doesn't happen in what I like to call "The Real America," the land west of the Hudson River and east of the California-Oregon-Washington State borders. Perhaps we can retake the Coastal cities from European cultural control. After all, since New York and California are all but broke, the European mindset may have to sell them back to America as Spain did with Florida in 1819. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Purchase