By now, most people know that Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler was arrested for an alleged ‘concealed carry weapon’ violation at La Guardia airport in New York. Mark has a CCW permit valid in 23 states. He sent this email to his TPP colleagues and friends.
Subject: Re: How could this happen?
So...yes...I did get arrested at La Guardia today for carrying a perfectly legal, registered, unloaded handgun in temporary transit in a locked, TSA approved case. The fun began when I declared it to the ticketing agent, and asked for the appropriate form, per procedure, from her. I've done this all across the country, more times than I can count.
It is an outrage against liberty...and we'll be fighting it. It's been one heck of a day, and I appreciate all the outpouring of support. Sitting in there all day today, the idea of liberty deprived becomes much more than a theoretical one. It ups my passion for what we do a thousand times over. It is almost impossible to explain how it felt, on so many levels.
Here's the official statement. I'm afraid I can't say a lot more because it's a pending legal matter and I have to follow the lawyers instructions. But there was no way I wasn't going to reach out to you guys personally.
"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."
Any support you can provide in response to blog items etc., is greatly appreciated. This is a perfect example of our liberties under attack.