Former Marine Avoids Plaxico Treatment In Gun Case. Where's The Outrage, Mike Bloomberg?

Remember a few years ago when then-New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg with an unregistered handgun at a Manhattan night club? And how Mayor Mike Bloomberg said it would be a "mockery of the law" if Burress received a sentence that's anything less than the 3 1/2-year mandatory minimum?

About that...

Yesterday, a former U.S. marine, who was busted in September with an illegal gun, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapon-possession charge. Under the deal, 28-year-old Ryan Jerome -- who initially was charged with the same felony gun charge as Burress -- will avoid jail time.

Burress, as you may remember, spent nearly two years in the hoosegow. Jerome will do 10 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.

Seems like a "mockery of the law," if you ask us -- yet, the mayor has been, and still is, mum on the case (even as former Governor David Patterson, and others, have argued that the charges against Jerome should have been dropped).

There are a few differences in the two cases -- for starters, Jerome didn't accidentally shoot himself at a crowded night club.

Jerome, who lives in Indiana, was arrested in September when he tried to check his .45-calibur pistol with security at the Empire State Building while sightseeing.

In New York, loaded guns are rarely permitted outside of a home or business -- even if they're registered with the state -- which is not the case in other parts of the country, where gun laws are a bit more lax (in other words, "red states" like Indiana).

Jerome's weapon is registered in Indiana, where he has a concealed weapons permit. That permit, as he learned the hard way, doesn't extend to New York.

Jerome, according to various media reports, including one from the Washington Post, told police he checked New York's gun laws before bringing his weapon on his trip to the Big Apple -- he claims he must have mis-read them.

He also told police that, as someone who makes a living dealing in precious metals, he carries the gun on him for protection from people who may want to rob him.

Burress' gun wasn't registered in New York, either. It was, at one point, registered in Florida, though. However, when he popped a cap into his own leg, the Florida permit was expired.

Expired or not, it's not like Burress bought the gun out of the back of some guy's car and was using it to hold up liquor stores -- he bought it legally in a different state, and failed to re-register the gun when his permit expired.

Like Jerome, Burress also says he carried the gun for protection -- as a multi-millionaire celebrity in a sport with a history of its athletes being the targets of robberies, you can't blame the guy for thinking he needed a little extra protection.

Regardless of the circumstances, the two men broke the same law. Jerome, however, got a slap on the wrist, while Burress lost two years of his life -- which happened to be during the prime of his career.

If that's not a "mockery of the law," we don't know what is.

Mayor Bloomberg's office tells us he's in Singapore at the moment. Our request for comment was forwarded on to someone who "handles all the gun stuff" down at City Hall. We'll let you know if we hear back.

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Greg Camp
Greg Camp

Do we have to turn over our books to the security desk?  Do we have to promise to express no opinions in the City of New York?  It's interesting how constitutionally protected rights aren't equal to some people.  Once National Right to Carry Reciprocity becomes law, this won't be a problem any more.


Jeez if you can't see the differences in the scenarios I don't know what to tell you.  This guy got busted checking his weapon in with security while sightseeing.  Plex shot himself in the leg in a crowded club.  He could have easily accidentally shot someone and killed them.  I believe he was on the stairs going up to a VIP room when it happened, what if someone were standing beneath the stairs.  One guy is sightseeing and gave his weapon to security, the other guy is having drinks in a bar and actually discharged his weapon in a crowded room full of drunk people.

Frank Clarke
Frank Clarke

"Burress' gun ... was, at one point, registered in Florida"

Burress' gun was NEVER registered in Florida.  Florida has no mechanism for registering guns.

Be that as it may, Ryan Jerome got off easy because the cost to prosecute him would have been catastrophic: 

Nonstop to JFK
Nonstop to JFK

This isn't a mockery of the law. 

This is simply how things are these days.

Black people cannot carry guns in this city.  White people can.  That's all.

It's not complicated.  It's just the way things are in 2012.

Greg Camp
Greg Camp

Anyone can carry in New York.  It won't be legal, but when has that ever been a consideration for the people who plan to do crimes with their guns?


White people can, really ? No one can but those who are rich or politically connected. Odds are your 99 percent more likely too get shot by a black person in this city than a white one, how would you explain that?

Nonstop to JFK
Nonstop to JFK

I always get a kick out of people who exaggerate facts and figures for dramatic effect.  "99 percent more likely to get shot by a black person"?  Really?  

Please, enlighten us with a reference to some basis in fact for your astute observation.

I also love that you created your account under a false name just to reply to my comment. I'm flattered.

Get a life, racist troll.

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