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Legal Ohio Gun Owner Busted In NYC


Site Owner
October 7, 2011
Published : Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012, 8:03 AM EST

NEW YORK - An Ohio man who has a gun permit in his home state was the latest New York City tourist to be caught in the web of New York's strict gun laws.

Fred Vankirk, 59, of Columbus, Ohio, was slapped with handcuffs at about 11:00am local time Saturday after cops found two .357 Magnum pistols and a .45 semiautomatic in his room at the Radisson Hotel on Lexington Avenue, police sources told the New York Post .

Vankirk was receiving room service Saturday when a hotel employee spotted the loaded .357 Magnum on the nightstand, police sources said. She reported it to security, who contacted police, according to the sources.

Vankirk, who has no criminal history, told the arresting officer, "I have three guns in the hotel room. Is that what this is about?" a court complaint alleges.

Later, in a videotaped interview at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, he told authorities that he had been in New York for about three weeks and had the guns for protection, police sources said.

He was charged with three counts of second-degree gun possession and was being held on $50,000 bond, court papers show. Each count carries a potential sentence of five to 15 years, to be served concurrently if a conviction results.

Tennessee nurse Meredith Graves was arrested Dec. 22 after she tried to check her .32-caliber Kel-Tec pistol at the 9/11 Memorial. Indiana jeweler Ryan Jerome, 28, was nabbed after trying to check his .45 Ruger at the Empire State Building on Sept. 27.

Police learned that Vankirk had a valid Franklin County handgun permit, sources said.

Vankirk's attorney did not return a call for comment. The Manhattan DA's Office declined to comment.

Ohio Gun Owner Busted in NYC
January 14, 2012
Disgusting to be sure, but anyone ought to know you don't go to New York with your gun. I boycott the entire state. New Jersey too.