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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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Feb 27, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    Thank god , not another standard issue New York ...Convict the Gun Owner , Protect the Criminals case. But be warned , Hillary and the U.N. want New York rules everywhere!! As quoted.
  • by dilligas Location: havana on Feb 24, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    I figure you need a gun to visit New York or Tallahassee for that matter.
  • by anon Location: tally on Feb 24, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    Average Joe...."usually not an issue"...how often do you get pulled over?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Average Joe, you are ridiculous. What good is a gun in the trunk or locked away when a criminal comes to your car window and tries to rob you?
  • by madTtally Location: tally on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    IT SHOULD BE LEGAL IN EVERY STATE TO CARRY A LOADED WEAPON IN YOUR CAR, WHETHER YOU HAVE A CCW OR NOT! IT'S YOUR PROPERTY AND YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTECT IT AT ANY COST. STOP INFRINGING ON OUR AMERICAN RIGTHS!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    Good call by the jury. He should never have been charged. This is why the Firearm Owners Protection Act was passed 25 years ago. There was a similar case a few months ago where a man was sentenced to 7 years in prison. I can't remember the state, maybe N.J. The Governer had to step in and free him.
  • by Average Joe Location: Southeast on Feb 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    Forgot it? Don't know I'd buy that. But the story said the magazine was NOT in the pistol. Therefore, the pistol wasn't loaded. And hence, he really didn't break the NY law. When I'm pulled over with guns in the vehicle, I tell the officer I have them. Usually not an issue. Sounds like maybe the officer in this case was having a bad day OR the guy mouthed off. My rule, keep the guns in the trunk/bed box, out of easy reach. Safer that way and keeps the cops happier.
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