The Statue of Liberty in New York City is a gun free zone. There. Doesn’t that make you feel safer when visiting Lady Liberty next vacation?
A teacher from Rochester, New York was on a field trip with 10 students to visit the Statue of Liberty. This teacher was also an army veteran who always kept a loaded .38 revolver on her person.
Now she is in hot water after the x-ray machine found the handgun on her.
According to Rochester Homepage,
A well-known Rochester City School District teacher was charged with a felony in New York City two months ago while she was chaperoning a school trip.
The New York City Police Department says on May 31, Diane Watkins went through the X-Ray machine to go to the Statue of Liberty and a loaded gun was found in her purse. Watkins was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony punishable by 3 and 1/2 to 15 years in prison. Her bail was set at $2,500 cash and $7,500 bond. The New York City Department of Corrections has not responded to a request for information on how long she was jailed. The case is still pending.
It should be noted that Watkins has a permit to carry a gun in the state of New York, but NYC is another matter. The city is known for it’s strict gun laws that prohibit law abiding citizens from carrying legally. It’s nearly impossible for the average citizen to get the proper permits to carry in the Big Apple.
The teacher is still at fault for not knowing the local laws in NYC, but this story illustrates how easily an otherwise law abiding citizen, and veteran at that, can get caught up in gun laws and treated like a criminal who purposely broke the law.