Just an interesting side note to this question popped up Thursday.
NY Ambush [line]
- Subject: NY Ambush
- From: AlertsList at FirearmsCoalition.org (Firearms Coalition)
- Date: Thu Feb 22 18:05:50 2007
Assistance Needed for Victim of New York Ambush!
A nurse from Indiana named Joyce was visiting friends in Vermont and
Massachusetts earlier this
month when she ran into an unexpected problem. Upon checking in at the
ticket counter in Albany,
NY (the nearest major airport) for her return flight to Indiana, she
declared her firearm, which was
secured with a cable-lock through the barrel and magazine well and
double-locked in a hard case.
The NW Airlines ticket agent called over a Deputy Sheriff who asked
Joyce several questions
about the gun and her travels with it. He then asked her to accompany
him to his office where he
arrested and booked her for unlawful possession of a weapon without a NY
Joyce was able to post bail and return home but is expected back in
court in NY on March 7. At
this point she is still looking for legal representation and we are
doing our best to help her in any
way we can. We've brought her case to the attention of the NRA, SAF,
and the NY State Rifle
and Pistol Association. And we are hopeful that these organizations
will be able to provide some
guidance and legal assistance.
Even if someone provides free legal assistance, she still faces $500
plane tickets, hotel bills, and
missed work, not to mention the loss of her Kimber Raptor. She is also
fearful that this arrest
could jeopardize her career.
Joyce is a recent widow, the mother of a police officer, and a
self-supporting nurse. Her job
puts her on the road quite a bit and away from home for several days at
a time so at the urging of
her son she attended a three-day handgun course in Ohio and acquired an
We are calling on the gun-rights community to rally to Joyce's aid.
We are working with others to set up a Legal Defense Fund for her, but
until the legalities and
logistics of that get worked out, we are accepting donations on her
behalf at the Firearms Coalition.
Contributions can be made by credit card over the phone at 703-753-0424,
on-line at our web site,
www.FirearmsCoalition.org, using the PayPal link, or by cash, check, or
money order mailed to:
The Firearms Coalition
PO Box 3313
Manassas, VA 20108
Mark your donation "NY Defense Fund" and we will see to it that it goes
directly to help this poor
woman in this terrible situation.
Joyce is planning to attend the regular meeting of the Indiana 2nd
6:00 PM at the German Township Fire Station, located on Hwy 65
http://www.2ndamendmentpatriots.org for directions and more information.
We are asking that you do three things:
1. Send a donation immediately.
2. Post and forward this to everyone you know.
3. Take this information to your local clubs and organizations, pass the
hat, and ask the club
to make an official donation.
Be sure to mark all donations for Joyce's benefit with "NY Defense Fund"
None of the proceeds of this special appeal go to the Firearms
Coalition. Everything will go
directly to assist Joyce in her time of need.
When an official Legal Defense Fund is created we will pass that
Thank you for your assistance in this effort.
Yours for the Second Amendment,
Director of Operations
The Firearms Coalition