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Fla. Man Who Said He Forgot Gun is Cleared in NYC

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) --

A Florida man's unwanted introduction to New York's gun laws has ended with him being cleared of a weapon-possession charge.

Jonathan Ryan sobbed with relief after a jury acquitted him
Thursday.

The 29-year-old Gainesville landscaping supervisor was arrested
in February 2010. He was in New York City to help his girlfriend
move back to Florida.

He was pulled over for a traffic violation. Police spotted his
9-mm. pistol and a loaded magazine for it in his truck's glove
compartment as he fetched his registration. Ryan was charged under
a state law that generally bars people from having loaded guns
outside their homes or workplaces.

Ryan owned the gun legally in Florida. He said he'd forgotten
the pistol was in his glove box and wasn't familiar with New York's
gun laws.


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