Ryan Jerome served in the US Marine Corp and was well trained on firearms. In civilian life, Jerome has an Indiana concealed carry permit. Before traveling to New York City on business, he went on line to check out New York’s regulations which stated that they honored the concealed carry permits from other states.
Upon arriving in New York City with $15,000 worth of jewelry to sell, Jerome proceeded to the Empire State Building. While passing through security, he offered to check his gun with security officers. He presented his Indiana permit for concealed carry and was subsequently arrested for violating New York’s gun laws.
To date, Jerome has not been indicted by a grand jury, but the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is proceeding with the charges against Jerome. If he is found guilty, he would be facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 ½ years and up a maximum of 15 years in jail.
Cases like this is what prompted the US House of Representatives to pass HB 822 that would require all states to honor the concealed carry permits issued by other states. Even though the House passage of the bill this past November had substantial bipartisanship support, the Senate has yet to act upon it. If the Senate does pass the measure, one can only wonder whether or not President Obama would sign it considering just how anti-gun he and Secretary of State Clinton are.
In the case of Ryan Jerome, New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran is coming to his aid asking that the Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to dismiss the charges. Halloran is less than optimistic that Vance will drop the charges since he has been openly opposed to HB 822 and refuses to acknowledge other state’s concealed carry permits.
Halloran says that Vance may be willing to offer a plea bargain to Jerome, but he doubts if the charges will be permanently dropped. Hopefully more political leaders will step in to fight for Ryan Jerome and keep him from going to prison for doing what he thought was legal. Then we need to urge our senators to quickly take up HB 822 pass it and send it to the Oval Office to be signed into law so that no one else will suffer what Ryan Jerome is currently experiencing.