Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 2/18/13

Per NBC News New York, Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested and charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon. According to the report, Bowers scheduled to board a flight from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Raleigh, North Carolina when a .40 caliber handgun was found in his bag at the check-in counter. However, a later report by New York Star Ledger’s Mike Garafalo says Queens district attorney spokeswoman stated Bowers told the counter at check-in he had a gun in the bag. Bucs’ general manager Mark Dominik said in a short statement that the team will “withhold comment” until all the facts are known. The charge is a very serious offense and if convicted, Bowers faces a minimum of 3.5 years in prison. Per the description below (via the New York law), he will have a tough time fighting the charge: NoticeA person is guilty of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree pursuant to New York Penal Law 265.03(3) when that person possesses a loaded firearm (pistol, revolver, handgun, etc.) outside his or her home or place of business without a permit regardless of what the intent was. If that was not clear enough, if you possess your duly licensed pistol from Maine, Texas or New Jersey in New York without a license in this state and it is loaded, you are going to be charged with this offense. What makes matters worse is that under the laws of New York, “loaded” does not mean a clip in the gun or a bullet in the cylinder. If the firearm is capable of being loaded and the bullets are in the case with the gun or even in your pocket, you can still potentially be charged with this offense. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law in New York is no defense. Whether you are properly checking the firearm at LaGuardia or JFK Airports in Queens or have it anywhere else in New York, possessing that firearm will land you in state prison without an assertive and compelling defense. Bowers is expected in court Monday evening. The post Bucs DE Da’Quan Bowers arrested for carrying a handgun appeared first on The Bay Cave.

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