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Pregnant Mom Charged with Felony for an Unloaded Gun in Checked Baggage


Beth Arneson Ferizzi, six months pregnant and with her six year old daughter, was traveling to New York to meet her husband, who’s in the Air Force and was on a short leave.

Mrs. Ferizzi left Fargo, North Dakota, with an unloaded gun in her suitcase.  She followed all the rules: the gun was in a hard-sided, locked case, and the ammunition was in a separate container.  There were no problems at the airport in Fargo.

But, when she declared her gun to a Delta agent at the LaGuardia airport, suddenly everyone goes crazy with gun paranoia, and Mrs. Ferizzi is arrested and charged with a felony: criminal possession of a loaded firearm.

Wait, a loaded firearm?  Her gun was very carefully not loaded.  Apparently, in New York, a gun is considered loaded if one is in possession of both ammunition and a gun.  You might as well consider any beverage a loaded soda as long as you are in possession of both a drink and sugar.

She did everything right, and yet is being charged with a felony.

And anyway, I thought the federal government has jurisdiction in airports?  In other words, state law does not trump federal law.

Isn’t if funny how the federal government only cares about states’ rights when it serves their purpose?  New York has more restrictive gun laws than most other states, and therefore we should honor them.

The federal government hasn’t cared about states’ rights in any meaningful way since before Lincoln was elected.  Ever since the 14th amendment, the federal government has used that to bully the states and get rid of any state law they didn’t like.

But New York’s insane gun laws are something the federal government wants, so those are allowed to stand.  If New York is able to get away with this, you can bet it will eventually become the law of the land, probably “for the children” and in the name of “fairness.”

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  1. Mikey Gee says:

    I think you overstate the injustice of this. New York has additional laws concerning firearms which the woman was unaware. That was her mistake and her responsibility. Of course being charged with breaking State laws and being convicted are two different things. I should be very concerned if my state did not to enforce our laws.

    You say it seems like the Federal government is picking and choosing which State’s Rights to respect but I see you picking and choosing. You regard New York’s laws as”insane” but they are New York’s laws, chosen by the people of that state. You can judge their decision all day long but can hardly consider it an injustice that they enforce their own laws.

    • She had made every attempt to find out how to comply with New York’s state laws before her trip, and followed the directions she was given. Secondly, if the the federal government has jurisdiction in an airport, she should not be charged with breaking the state’s gun laws. Period. And yes, the laws are insane. How can denying the evidence of your own eyes be anything but insane? Upon examination, officials could see that her gun was unloaded, yet their law dictates that even an unloaded gun is loaded.

      Furthermore, you will remain utterly unconvincing until you start giving reasons for obeying a law besides it being the law.

  2. Adam Power says:

    Airports are basically the best examples of government control gone wrong. Not only do the regulations fail to do what they are meant to (pregnant lady probably not a terrorist) but they aren’t even consistent. In addition we have the TSA which not only doesn’t catch criminals but also molests people at the security checkpoint, including children. But this is what we asked for isn’t it? We felt we were in danger on 9/11 and our immediate reflex was to give up our rights in the name of safety. Maybe instead of trying more regulation and government control, we should have tried not building military bases on people’s holy lands, intervening in the political affairs of other countries, set up puppet leaders, and policed the world? Nah, lets get felt up and arrested instead!

  3. Mikey Gee says:

    There is one reason alone to obey the law of a government: it is commanded by the LORD, God Almighty. Now if the law of man tries to command you to disobey the Law of God we will of course refuse to obey but will still submit to the wrath of the government because all governments are established by the LORD not the will of man. The God of the Bible punishes all rebels if you would honor Him you must respect that which He establishes. If Canada or time traveling Nazis try to make you obey their laws of course we will resist but since we were born in America we will obey because that is what God commands.

    As for being given “the runaround” that in no way excuses the citizen from being subject to the laws of the land.

  4. Mikey Gee says:

    I’m not a big fan of quoting chapter and verse because for those who don’t believe in God’s Word do not care and those who do believe are commanded to know and obey the Word of God. My experience is that most people who ask for chapter and verse are not seeking to learn the Bible but rather want to deny its command by deflecting one verse off of another.

    But because since I’ve never seen you do this I will give you the benefit of the doubt but say this is stuff I would expect you to know already.

    In Romans 13:1-7 St. Paul commands the Christians in Rome to obey the governing authorities because they were established by God. Remember that St. Paul is referring to the pagan, anti-Christian government of Rome.

    This is echoed by St. Peter in 1 Peter 2:13-17 again even to a Roman emperors. We are commanded to be subject to governments and not only that to show respect to those the LORD puts over us.

    St. Paul says this again in Titus 3:1 where Titus is told to remind the people to be obedient to rulers and authorities.

    Proverbs 24:21 says explicitly “My son, fear the Lord and the king,and do not join with those who do otherwise.”

    In none of these commands is there any stipulation about the need for the government or authority to be worthy of respect or honor but only for those who trust God to recognize that He establishes the authority and to glorify God by respecting and honoring and obeying these governments.

    Aside from the clear examples of commands given by the Apostles there are numerous examples in the histories of the righteous believers in God refusing to rebel against unjust and even wicked:

    David, anointed by the Samuel the Prophet, refuses to kill King Saul who unjustly persecuted him because King Saul was God’s anointed (1 Samuel 24 and 26)

    In Jeremiah 27 the LORD says through the prophet that nations will be conquered and subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. To included the King of Judah being subject to a pagan king.

    The strongest example in the Bible of someone refusing to rebel against an unrighteous government is that of Jesus Christ who had the power to subject Pilate to Himself but out of respect for His Father subject Himself to Rome even to the point of death.

    There are a few examples of righteous people refusing to obey governments, such as in Acts 5 when Peter and the Apostles refused to obey the Council of the Priests in their command to proclaim the Gospel. Also in the Book of Daniel Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue. Later in Daniel 6 Daniel refuses King Darius’s command to only pray to him for a month. But in all of those accounts the authorities are commanding people to directly disobey God and in all of those examples they still submitted the authority of the government to punish them as it saw fit. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into a furnace, Daniel into a den of lions and the Apostles beaten.

    I do not like a great many laws in America and many government officials strike me as unjust but I trust God and believe in His Word therefore must obey the laws and respect the rulers. I am not perfect in this but it is my goal because I trust God and believe His Word.

    • Adam Power says:

      Ugh, this is why I stopped reading the bible. No way will I follow a law because I’m supposed to believe that God made the laws. Which God? Whose? God’s law is that this lady can’t protect herself and has to be arrested because she has an unloaded gun? If that is God’s law then I will be voting against him in the next election. Is there a God of freedom I can vote for?

      • Mikey Gee says:

        Adam, certainly if you aren’t a Christian that is a logical reaction. I certainly wouldn’t worry someone who isn’t a Christian with what the Bible teaches. We all have to do what we think is best. I just happen to believe trusting God is best and so act and argue accordingly.

        • Adam Power says:

          I assume then that you are also not for marriage equality? (Not to be argumentative but I always thought you were liberal)

        • Mikey G says:

          I believe and vote according to my belief that gender is intrinsically tied to marriage and that this model ought to legally recognized. I don’t consider it a particularly important issue and understand that it will be attempted in the next few generations to remove definitions of marriage.

        • Adam Power says:

          fair enough, i personally feel that government shouldn’t be involved in marriage period. Failing that, I don’t believe that one’s religious views should infringe on the rights of others. Either way, marriage equality is inevitable for better or worse.

  5. Mikey G says:

    Let’s not get too off topic. But thanks for sharing and listening.

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