Clintonville Man Charged For Having Gun In New York


UPDATED: Tuesday January 10, 2012 7:38 PM

A central Ohio man was behind bars on Monday after he was charged with having a weapon in New York.

Clintonville’s Fred Vankirk was arrested Jan. 7 after police said they found 3 handguns in his New York City hotel room.

Vankirk, 59, is a licensed gun owner in Ohio, but the gun laws do not carry over to New York City, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.

Vankirk was detained at the Manhattan detention center where he is held on $50,000 bond charged with felony criminal possession of a firearm.

Linda Walker, a member of the Buckeye Firearms Association which lobbies for gun laws in Ohio, said that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking it.

“This gentleman potentially could be looking at 15 to 45 years in New York for something totally lawful in Ohio," Walker said.

Veterinarian Ann Duffus said that she knows what it is like to feel the wrath of New York’s anti-gun laws.

Duffus said she was arrested at a New York airport after she  took her gun to the counter to declare it . It was locked in a case and unloaded – required by federal law.

“I was like, ‘You’re going to arrest me for what?,’” Duffus said.

Duffus said it took her six months to get her case reduced to one of disorderly conduct.

“Don’t go to the east coast, because they hate guns there,” Duffus said.

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