Tea Party Patriots Founder Arrested on Gun Charge at La Guardia

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Tea Party Patriots co-founder, National Coordinator Mark Meckler (R) gives a thumbs-up sign as members of the Tea Party Patriots prepare to hold a rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Election Day November 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Meckler. Photo: Ron Lamkey/Getty Images

Mark Meckler, the co-founder of a major (trademarked) tea party group, was hit with a felony weapons possession charge yesterday for carrying a locked gun box with a Glock 27 pistol and ammo at La Guardia Airport. The tea party patriots member seems to have misunderstood local gun laws, having declared his weapon unaware that a California permit doesn't apply in New York. Meckler faces up to fifteen years in prison, but will probably just pay a fine, which will only serve to increase the size of government, however incrementally. Damn Yankees and their freedom-hating.