Whether it's the late-'80s notion that the city still isn't safe or just an attempt to keep the King of England out of their face, tourists won't stop bringing their firearms to New York City.
This past year has seen many arrests involving tourists carrying some sort of firearm. While one Florida man drove up to see his girlfriend with a 9mm pistol in his glove box, two others were arrested for gun possession while entering the Empire State Building back in March — and now another tourist has been taken in for packing heat during her trip to the 9/11 Memorial.
Thirty-nine-year-old Meredith Graves was visiting the World Trade Center site when she noticed a sign that said, "No Guns Allowed." Eager to comply, she located a guard and asked where she could check her pistol. A few minutes later, she was taken in by the police. While Graves' weapon was legally permitted in her home state, New York's strict legislation against concealed firearms means she could face up to three-and-a-half years in jail if found guilty.
Don't get me wrong: I've watched enough zombie movies to believe in the right to bear arms — but the fact is that you don't need a gun to visit FAO Schwartz. The assault rifle-toting counterterrorism guys at every other subway stop have you covered.
Then again, the fact that these housewives and accountants got their guns aboard a plane in the first place may justify their paranoia. So please, tourists, I beg you, please leave your guns, rifles, shotguns and derringers at home. Unless you're seeing Mamma Mia! Then go ahead and bring 'em there.