Tennessee tourist arrested after trying to check loaded gun at World Trade Center memorial

Tennessee tourist arrested after trying to check loaded gun at World Trade Center memorial

December 29th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

A visitor looks one of the pools at the 9/11 memorial plaza in the World Trade Center site in New York Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, on the first day that the memorial was opened to the public.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

NEW YORK (AP) - A tourist from Tennessee reportedly thought she could check her loaded gun at New York City's Sept. 11 memorial.

The New York Post says 39-year-old Meredith Graves was visiting the memorial at the World Trade Center site on Dec. 22 and noticed a sign that said "No guns allowed." The Post reports that Graves asked police where she could check her loaded pistol. She was arrested on a gun-possession charge.

Graves has a legal permit to carry a weapon in Tennessee, but New York's gun laws are stricter.

The Post says Graves posted bond and is due back in court March 19. She faces 3½ years in prison if convicted.

The newspaper says her attorney at Legal Aid did not return phone calls.