Tea party leader gets $250 fine after handgun arrest

By David Edwards
Thursday, January 12, 2012 13:09 EDT
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Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler
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The 49-year-old co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots got off with a slap on the wrist on Thursday after he was recently arrested for illegally possessing a handgun at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Mark Meckler, who was facing 15 years in prison, plead guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $250, according to the New York Daily News.

The District Attorney’s office said the .9mm Glock 27 handgun would be destroyed.

Meckler had been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a Class C felony, for traveling with his Glock handgun and 19 cartridges without a New York permit.

“I understand the problem of gun violence, but there has to be a better way to solve this,” Meckler’s lawyer, Brian Stapleton, told The New York Post. “Arresting law abiding citizens for declaring a licensed firearm is anti-second Amendment… its ridiculous.”

Photo: MarkMeckler.net

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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