The Ridiculous New York Gun Law that Turns Tourists into Terrorists

by IAN TUTTLE | National Review  |  published on August 7, 2015

Elizabeth Elderli is not your typical felon. The 31-year-old Houstonian is a wife, a stay-at-home mom, an honorably discharged Iraq War veteran (U.S. Marine Corps) — and now the latest tourist to run afoul of New York State’s unforgiving gun laws.

Elderli is the legal owner of a 9-mm and a .380-caliber handgun, both of which she was carrying, loaded, as she queued in the security line at the September 11 Memorial in lower Manhattan last Saturday. Noticing a sign prohibiting firearms, she announced her two weapons to security personnel. She was arrested by the NYPD, and the next day arraigned for felony possession of a weapon. She now faces three-and-a-half to 15 years in prison.

The reason? Gun license reciprocity. Concealed-carry permits issued by the state of Texas are recognized in the overwhelming majority of other states — but not in New York, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. As soon as Elderli crossed the border into New York, she was in violation of Empire State penal law.

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