I for one don't want a guy walking the streets who brings a loaded fire arm, with its safety off, into a crowded night club and shoots himself in the leg.
Typically I think punishment should be inline with intent. Plax made a mistake and should certainly have to pay for that in some way, but his intent was obviously not to discharge a gun in a crowded bar. I do believe that 2 years is a little much for this particular incident.
Did that have an effect on how the prosecuter approached this case? I don't know, but it was irresponsible for the Mayor to make that comment before the case.“I think it would be an outrage if we didn’t prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, particularly people who live in the public domain, make their living because of their visibility. They are the role models for our kids.”
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I'll have to check it out tonight at the hotel for the specifics of this case but firearms laws are mostly state issues and as such laws differ by state. The is no current Federal prohbition about a firearm in a bar.
For example, with a concealed carry permit in Ohio you can not step foot in any business that has a liscenece to dispence alchahol. In Kentucky you can go to a resturant that serves but not sit at the bar. In Indiana you can sit at the bar but not consume booze.
Just going from memory Plaxico would have issues with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit (or one that NY recognies), carrying in a licquer establishment if NY prohibits that (Id assume they do) along with discharging a weapon, public endagerment etc. What they actually charged him with I don't know.
But the issue is far more serrious than just having a non permitted firearm.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate
He should have had a holster. He should have had the saftey on (although IIRC, Plax's gun lacked a safety).
Hell, he probably shouldn't have had it on him in the first place. But he did. He shot himself. And now he's going to spend almost 2 years in jail for making a stupid mistake that only harmed himself.
I wonder if Plaxico would have been treated so harshly if this had happened a year earlier or even 6 months earlier? When the Giants were the toast of the town and Plaxico wasn't such a bad actor then.