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by Jeff Knox, guest contributor.  [February 26, 2007]




Joyce, a nurse from Indiana, was visiting friends in Vermont and Massachusetts earlier this month.  Upon checking in at the ticket counter in Albany, NY (the nearest major airport) for her return flight to Indiana, she declared her firearm, which was secured with a cable-lock through the barrel and magazine well, and double-locked in a hard case.

The NW Airlines ticket agent called over a Deputy Sheriff, who asked Joyce several questions about the gun and her travels with it. He then asked her to accompany him to his office where he arrested and booked her for unlawful possession of a weapon without a NY license.

Joyce was able to post bail and return home but is expected back in court in NY on March 7.  She is looking for legal representation, and we are doing our best to help her. We've brought her case to the attention of the NRA, SAF, and the NY State Rifle and Pistol Association. We hope these organizations will provide some guidance and legal assistance.

But even if someone provides free legal assistance, Joyce still faces $500 plane tickets, hotel bills, and missed work, not to mention the loss of her Kimber Raptor. She also fears that this arrest could jeopardize her career.

Joyce is a recent widow, the mother of a police officer, and a self-supporting nurse. Her job puts her on the road often, and away from home for several days at a time, so at the urging of her son, she'd attended a three-day handgun course in Ohio and acquired an Ohio CCW.



 We call on the gun-rights community to rally to Joyce's aid. We are working with others to set up a Legal Defense Fund for Joyce, but until the legalities and logistics get worked out, we are accepting donations on her behalf at the Firearms Coalition.

Contributions can be made by credit card over the phone at 703-753-0424, or 
online at our website, using the PayPal link, or by cash, check, or money order mailed to: The Firearms Coalition, PO Box 3313, Manassas, VA  20108.

Mark your donation "NY Defense Fund" and we will see to it that it goes directly to help this poor woman in this terrible situation.

Joyce is planning to attend the regular meeting of the Indiana 2nd Amendment Patriots, 6:00 PM, at the German Township Fire Station, located on Hwy 65
(Cynthiana Hwy).

We are asking that you do three things:


1.  Send a donation immediately.

2.  Post and forward this to everyone you know.

3.  Take this information to your local clubs and organizations, pass the hat, and ask the club to make an official donation.

Be sure to mark all donations for Joyce's benefit with "NY Defense Fund." None of the proceeds of this special appeal go to the Firearms Coalition. Everything will go directly to assist Joyce in her time of need.

Jeff Knox is Director of Operations for the Firearms Coalition.

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