Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Arrested for Violating Stupid Law

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Dec. 15 2011 6:16 PM

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Arrested for Violating Stupid Law

I'll let Mark Meckler's attorney tell it.

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.
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If that's the story, then Meckler's got nothing to apologize for. The treatment here from the local CBS affiliate is ridiculous. Sure, the headline is irresistable -- "TEA PARTY LEADER" and "GUNS" is SEO Speedwagon material. But it's not like he yelled "fill your hand!" to Kalle Lasn and charged down a hill.

For future reference, Tea Party leaders: Here is a map of concealed carry reciprocity states.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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