Another Tourist Arrested for Illegal Gun Possession in Manhattan

The Ohio tourist was busted with three guns -- two pistols and a semiautomatic -- in his Lexington Avenue hotel room.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:21 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Weird News Photos: Bee-Filled Photo Shoot

Getty Images

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

An Ohio man visiting New York was arrested Saturday and charged with three counts of second-degree gun possession after police found two pistols and a semiautomatic weapon in his hotel room, according to a report

Fred Vankirk, 59, of Columbus, is the second tourist in less than a month to be accused of violating the state's strict gun laws.
 
Vankirk was arrested at about 11 a.m Saturday. A court complaint obtained by The New York Post alleges he admitted to possessing the weapons, telling the arresting officer, "I have three guns in the hotel room. Is that what this is about?"
 
Police found two pistols and a semiautomatic weapon in his room at the Radisson Hotel, police sources told the Post.
 
Vankirk has a gun permit in his home state of Ohio, but does not have a license to carry in New York. 
 
The name of his attorney wasn’t immediately available.
 
Last month, a Tennessee tourist visiting the 9/11 memorial also learned about New York's strict gun laws the hard way after she tried to check a loaded gun before heading into the museum. 
 
She was also charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Follow us on Instagram!
We post photos taken by our news... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out