Skip to comments.Boxer Robert Guerrro faces Felony Gun charge in NY (Bloomberg Collecting Scalps)
Posted on 03/28/2013 4:25:56 PM PDT by Lance Romance
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that current WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero has been arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged with illegally traveling with an unloaded pistol and three unloaded high capacity bullet magazines. The weapon and 15-bullet clips were discovered during a routine pre-flight check-in this morning.
District Attorney Brown said, “I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks. For anyone who hasn’t gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon loaded or unloaded into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.”
The District Attorney continued, “Earlier this year, New York State enacted the nation’s toughest gun restrictions the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE ACT). One provision of that law is that the penalty for possessing an unloaded firearm is raised from being a Class A misdemeanor to being a Class E felony. It is therefore more important than ever that if a passenger chooses to travel with a weapon, they should first acquaint themselves with the weapon laws of the jurisdiction that they are visiting and comply with any and all legal requirements. Otherwise, they may find themselves being arrested and charged with a felony as is what occurred in this case.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Robert J. Guerrero, 30, of Gilroy, California. Guerrero is presently being held pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.
District Attorney Brown said that, according to the charges, Guerrero presented a locked gun box to a Delta Airlines ticket agent at about 6:46 a.m. this morning, March 28, 2013, during checkin. It is alleged that the box contained an unloaded Smith and Wesson M&P 40 caliber handgun and three unloaded magazines with the capacity to hold 15 rounds of ammunition. Guerrero allegedly told authorities that he possessed the unloaded firearm when he arrived in New York City from Virginia on Monday, March 25, 2013, and that he has been in New York since that date. The investigation was conducted by the Port Authority Police Department.
The case is being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Kew Gardens I Bureau, which is under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Francesco Catarisano, Bureau Chief, and the overall supervision of Senior Executive Assistant District Attorney of the Trial Division James C. Quinn.
It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Good thing he wasn't carrying a 32 ounce Soda at the time, Bloomberg would have had him executed on the spot.
” Guerrero allegedly told authorities that he possessed the unloaded firearm when he arrived in New York City from Virginia on Monday, March 25, 2013, and that he has been in New York since that date.”
When are people going to learn to keep their mouths shut? And instead of trying to check the gun in at an airport, he should have had it shipped to himself in the mails.
“District Attorney Brown said, I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks. For anyone who hasnt gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon loaded or unloaded into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.”
This is in direct violation of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986.
"Safe Passage" provision
One of the law's provisions was that persons traveling from one place to another cannot be incarcerated for a firearms offense in a state that has strict gun control laws if the traveler is just passing through (short stops for food and gas), provided that the firearms and ammunition are not immediately accessible, that the firearms are unloaded and, in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the drivers compartment, the firearms are located in a locked container.
Under this provision, someone driving from Virginia to a competition in Vermont with a locked hard case containing an unloaded handgun and a box of ammunition in the trunk could not be prosecuted in New Jersey or New York City for illegal possession of a handgun provided that the individual did not stop in New Jersey or New York for an extended period of time."
See 18 USC § 926A http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/926A
Brown, another New York statist idiot.
A GUN WITH NO BULLETS!!!! Oh, the HORROR!!! It could have put dozens of people in NO DANGER AT ALL!!! /sarcasm
Just who was the RINO that backed this blooming idiot?
Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat until he swiched to take advantage of Giuliani’s popularity. Rudy, ineligible to run again, backed the now-Republican Bloomberg.
Not true, he stayed for a few days and had the gun in his possession without a license and broke NY law. The federal law will not help you if you spend the night in NY city. Another case occurred a while ago where a traveler had a layover in NY city airport and his flight got canceled. The airport rebooked his flight for the next day and he took his luggage to a hotel which included a weapon. When he went to check back in the next day, the airline called the police and he was arrested with a felony gun possession. When he sued, the NY courts ruled the federal law did not apply to him because he spent the night with his weapon. If he had remained in the airport, then he would have been protected.
Get in the ring with him and find out, smart man.
This New York DA is a Cuomo/Bloomberg statist and ass for pushing unconstitutional laws.
You got a name for that airline? So I will not fly it ever.
Not going to fly Delta.
It’s good to know the police have already rounded up and incarcerated all the criminals in New York city that are carrying unregistered firearms, so they have time to go after innocent people who are harming nobody.
Maybe the guy should claim he wants to marry his gun, and it’s discriminatory to treat his love differently than more traditional ones.
It's official - we've lost the clip/magazine bullet/cartridge language completely now.
Marriage equality anyone?