Two New York brothers are facing a number of gun-related charges after having been arrested within 24 hours of each other recently. Police say the arrests happened after officers spotted a drug deal taking place in a fast food restaurant parking lot. Each man was allegedly in the illegal possession of a weapon when arrested.
Some law enforcement officials refer to part of Interstate 95 that runs between New York and some southern states as an Iron Pipeline. It gets this name because gun sellers supposedly use the highway to transport weapons from the South to sell in New York City and other northern cities. Many southern states have weaker gun laws that make the weapons accessible and profitable for unlicensed sellers, according to Richard A. Brown, the Queens District Attorney. Two men were recently arrested for the sale of illegal weapons as part of an investigation of the Iron Pipeline.
If you feel unsafe walking the streets of Queens unprotected, having a tool like pepper spray at your disposal may grant you a needed sense of security. It is portable, easily accessible and simple to use. Yet is it dangerous? Pepper spray works by irritating the skin, eyes, mouth and throat of a would-be assailant. Yet while its exposure is not known to have lasting effects, the debilitating potential it presents requires that it be used responsibly. Thus, the state of New York has enacted laws regulating its use.
Facing weapons charges makes you feel the world is against you, especially as a male. Many assume you chose to turn to a weapon and cause harm to others, but you know that's not the case. Charges like these often make the news, making it easy for your reputation to suffer damage and for you to face scrutiny from those around you. Fortunately, you have the right to defend yourself and protect yourself against weapon crime charges.
Despite scientific evidence refuting the reliability of eyewitness testimony, a countless number of convictions have rested largely on it. Recent studies have highlighted just how flawed eyewitness identification can be and the reasons behind the inconsistencies.
You have a license to own a gun. You're flying into New York City, so you check the TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) guidelines. You unload your gun and pack it, following these guidelines. You double-check your state license to make sure it's valid. Everything looks fine, so you fly to the city. No problem. A few days later, you come back and try to fly out.
Racial bias in policing has been a major focus of media attention over the past two years, and there is reason to believe that it will continue to be a highly discussed topic in 2017. Those who deny bias in policing point out that in the vast majority of cases, stops are made legally and police do find evidence of wrongdoing upon searching suspects.
You might be wondering what qualifies as an "illegal weapon" in New York State. The short answer is: everything. Whether you use an AK-47 or a kitchen knife, you may be charged with a crime if you have intent to threaten or harm someone. Having an illegal weapon in your possession without the intent to harm anyone is somewhat different, although it is still a crime. There are a number of types of weapons that are illegal for anyone to possess.
New York State is famous for its stringent laws in regards to purchasing, possessing and carrying firearms, but those of New York City and its surrounding suburbs are some of the strictest in the country.
If you just happen to be looking for an example of a locale where heightened law enforcement scrutiny is readily apparent (in fact, screamingly obvious), try one of the nation's airports.