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Handguns at NYC airports are illegal no matter how they’re packed

Excerpt from New York Times

Jun 10, 2013 7:34 am

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Most gun owners are responsible enough to know the local laws of the destination they’re visiting, which is why less than one visitor a week is having issues when they travel.

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People check flight times on a schedule board at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Shannon Stapleton / Reuters


A subset of visitors to New York City looks, on the surface, just like the rest. Some are high profile, like the boxer this year, and the football player, and the Tea Party leader from California. They are joined by the anonymous: the military wife from Minnesota, and the hazardous waste expert. There was a minister, and a surgeon, and someone in pest control.

What sets them apart is what each brings along on a visit to the city. A handgun. The guns are legally owned, with the home state permits all in order. The visitors have locked the gun in a box and checked it at the local airport, as they were told to do by the airline. But for these visitors, the trip to New York will almost certainly end in handcuffs and felony weapons charges, and their flights home will leave without them.

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