“Meckler pleads guilty, gets fined $250 in gun-on-airplane case”

Credit: NY Daily News
Editor’s note: Our local newspaper The Union and the New York Daily News seem to have a vastly different perspectives on how to report the latest news about Mark Meckler’s gun-on-airplane incident. The Union chose to turn to Meckler himself as a “correspondent,” running an article titled “Meckler Gun Charges Dropped, by Mark Meckler, submitted to The Union” as “BREAKING NEWS.” It is here. Here’s the NY Daily News version:

“A Tea Party hotshot pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to carry a pistol and ammunition aboard a flight out of LaGuardia Airport last month,” the New York Daily News is reporting.

“Mark Meckler, 49, was fined $250 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. His Glock 27 handgun will be destroyed.

“Meckler, the high-profile founder of the Tea Party Patriots, declined to comment after a brief appearance in Queens Supreme Court. He smiled before he and his lawyer jumped into a waiting car.

“Queens prosecutors say Meckler had a California permit for the semi-automatic handgun but didn’t have permission to tote the weapon around New York. He told cops he needed the gun to protect himself against threats.

“Meckler, whose website bio boasts his “patriotic foundations and cowboy ethics,” sported a pair of cowboy boots.

The article is here.

The New York Post version is here.