Will court offer the same leniency given to others arrested for gun possession?
August 30, 2013
The wife of Ted Nugent was arrested Thursday for a handgun found in her carry-on luggage at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Shemane Ann Nugent’s attorney, David Finn, said that she made an “honest mistake” having the gun in her bag, as reported by the Dallas Morning News.
“She is very embarrassed. She’s never been in this situation before,” Finn said. “She has expressed remorse for any inconvenience for any public safety officials.”
According to Finn, Nugent does not have a criminal record.
Over the years, several celebrities and well-known personalities have been arrested for firearm possession at airports, with the vast majority of them receiving reduced sentences and charges from the courts.
Last March, professional boxer Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero faced up to four years in prison for bringing a .40 S&W pistol to JFK International Airport.
Two months later, prosecutors dropped the charge to “disorderly conduct” and required Guerrero to pay a $250 fine, serve 50 hours of community service and surrender his firearm.
Earlier in the year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was also arrested for carrying a .40 S&W handgun in his carry-on luggage, this time at LaGuardia Airport.
Like Guerrero, Bowers’ charge was also dropped to “disorderly conduct” but had an more lenient sentence. Bowers paid a $250 fine and an additional $120 surcharge.
In 2006, Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) was arrested on “suspicion of illegal drug and gun possession” after police searched his vehicle parked illegally in the loading zone at the Bob Hope Airport.
The next year, the rapper pled no contest to “gun possession by a convicted felon” and a drug charge.
A judge sentenced him to a three-year suspended sentence, five years’ probation, and 800 hours of community service.
Also in 2006, comedian Katt Williams was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport after security found a stolen handgun in his luggage.
He was later sentenced to three years probation and three days in jail.
In a more well-known case from 1997, then-Cowboys coach Barry Switzer said he forgot about the loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage found by security at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
After a court fined him $3,500 and one year of deferred adjudication, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also fined him $75,000.
The question remains on how the charges against Nugent will turn out.
Will the court follow this pattern of proper leniency (except for the outright confiscation of Guerrero’s gun) as shown in these previous cases, especially considering that Nugent is a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record whatsoever?
Her alleged “crime” did not harm anyone at all.
Our government has even frowned upon arming more pilots to serve as the “last line of defense” against attempted hijackings.
Last year, the Obama Administration pushed to reduce the number of armed pilots in cockpits by cutting the budget on firearms training, even though armed pilots are on five times as many flights as federal air marshals.
If the administration would follow Ted Nugent’s lead as a great defender of the Second Amendment, we would actually be safer rather than merely just living in an illusion of safety as we are groped by total strangers at the airport.
This article was posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm