By now, you may have head that three people were arrested at the New Jersey end of the Holland Tunnel in an SUV loaded full of a treasure trove full of weapons. The TV and newspapers are beside themselves, quivering in fear for their lives.
The first helpful bit of information is the owner runs a shooting range south of Allentown Pennsylvania
The SUV is painted neon green and has “indoor shooting range – higher ground tactical” in large letters on the side along with a “We the People” Constitution graphic. They were pulled over for a cracked windshield (uh-huh, right)
A few things to sort out first… I am not an expert in weapons and the related laws, but
– body armor is not illegal
– knives are not illegal in any quantity as long as they aren’t switchblades, too long, etc
– night vision goggles are not illegal. Apparently they are nothing but ordinary goggles
– police report “drugs” were found in the car. Missing is the word “illegal”
– guns can be transported across state lines as long as they are in a locked box inaccessible to people inside the vehicle.
– shotguns are not rifles
It is significant that this happened on the New Jersey end of the tunnel. All of the guns are illegal in New York City, but not in New Jersey. “Intent to take guns into New York City” while in New Jersey would be interesting to see in front of a judge.
The police spotted a handgun and ammunition inside the passenger compartment. Even if the gun wasn’t loaded, that’s against the law in NJ. Carrying an unloaded gun inside the vehicle is not illegal in Pennsylvania – as long as the gun is in plain sight – but they were not in Pennsylvania.
Nothing I can find suggests Higher Ground is a FFL (Federal Firearm License) permit holder. They do rent 150 different weapons for use inside their range, which is available for firearm training and police use.
The man’s daughter died of a heroin overdose in New York City, and he and his two passengers were headed to Queens to “rescue” a 16 year old young girl being held by a drug dealer, which likely means prostitution as well.
The new President of the Phillipines is encouraging police and civilians to kill drug dealers. Maybe he should go there, or at least use the Tappan Zee bridge next time.
Meanwhile, in a subway station in Harlem, a stampede started just because people thought someone had a gun. They’re winning.