Mark Meckler, With Help, Streaks Across 'Boulevard Of Death' To Escape

NEW YORK (CBS 2 / WCBS 880) – Thursday evening the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots was caught on video running from CBS 2’s camera, after he was arraigned on gun charges.

Mark Meckler was arrested earlier in the day for gun possession at LaGuardia Airport and spent most of the day in detention, reports CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Authorities said Meckler was boarding a 5:30 a.m. flight to California when they discovered a gun in a lockbox with 19 cartridges.

Meckler did declare that he had the gun and cartridges with him, but since he didn’t have a New York State permit to carry the weapon he was arrested. Meckler did have a California permit for the firearm.

“He didn’t have a correct understanding of the law,” said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which polices the area’s main airports.

Meckler was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree.

As he left the courthouse after his arraignment he was desperate to avoid news cameras. A man accompanying Meckler put his hand over the lens of CBS 2’s camera and repeatedly tried to interfere with our photographer as Meckler raced through the courthouse to a side door.

As two photographers gave chase, Meckler ran to Queens Boulevard, the infamous “Boulevard of Death,” and ran across one lane of traffic, jumped over a wrought iron barricade and then high-tailed it to the other side before disappearing into the night.

Meckler  is due back in court on Jan. 12.

Meckler helped found the Tea Party Patriots in 2009 and has since been the national chairman of the movement. The group supports laws allowing citizens to bear arms.

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Comments (49)
  1. Fred Farklestone says:

    Wow, the 2nd Ammendment purists here believe in States Rights only when it suits them!
    Meckler was in the state for 4 days before he declared he was in possession of a unregistered weapon, can’t get much more involved in breaking the law than that!

    1. DRLJR says:

      Your statement is disingenuous as you should know. Amendment 2 prohibits all laws (State and Federal) on forced registration, carrying or other actions intended to and that infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. The State laws are invalid as are the federal laws. It is not a State Rights issue. The US Constitution prohibits the laws.

  2. Truth says:

    Mark Meckler is of low character and is a fraud! He and Judson Phillips both. They hijacked the Tea Party moniker when they saw the Neocon way of life being threatened­. Meckler (Tea Part Patriots) is a former HerbaLife Ponzi scheme guy and Judson Phillips (Tea Party Nation) is a slimeball attorney who filed bankruptcy and had multiple Federal liens against him. Neither one of them has anything to do with the original Tea Party which actually included democrats, independen­ts, republican­s and the lesser known ‘parties’

  3. LG says:

    Tea party…nuff said.

  4. OWS says:


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  5. Joey says:

    NFL football player went to jail for 3 years for having a guy in New York that was registered in FL . If this guy does not get 3 years we would see how racist that state is.

    1. DRLJR says:

      The football player should have challenged the law since these laws violate Amendment 2 and Amendment 2 applies to the States.


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  7. blained13 says:

    This is why we need the national concealed carry permit law, so people don’t have to get permits in every state to carry a firearm with them. Then states couldn’t restrict or arrest someone from a state who has laws allowing people to carry, The states are supposed to under the constitution respect the laws of other states but they have been violating that for years as well. I will admit however it was dumb for sure not to understand the law and carry the gun. The police state will look to bust you no matter who you are.

    1. Kevin Mystic-Rose Rosenthal says:

      If you think that a permit on one state should carry over to another then why not have the same situation for a marriage of same sex couples from one state being honored on another. You can not advocate for one to be honored and not the other. That would make you a hypocrite.

      1. JOSH SUCKS says:

        Logically you are correct but you are off topic.

    2. JOSH SUCKS says:

      States do not have to honor any law from another state. What you are talking about would be a courtesy, not bound by law. That courtesy is not going to happen.

      Would you apply your logic to the tax laws? Or how about labor laws? Do you see how your argument falls apart?

      How about motor vehicle inspection or automobile insurance? At one time not every state required mandatory automobile insurance. Would you expect a state that requires auto insurance to honor the laws of another state that has no insurance requirement?

      1. Ken is right says:

        if you live in a state that doesn’t require auto insurance, and you drive into one that does, you can’ty get arrested or charged you ass. Same with inspection. Try to learn what you’re talking about. In addition, the second amendment is a right. Driving is a privelage. Should one state honor free speech, but another doesn’t have to?

  8. Scott says:

    This guy is not in law enforcement and still has the desire to carry a firearm, he has bigger problems than just be arrrested.

    1. DRLJR says:

      A disarmed population is an enslaved population. After the Crown was restored after the English Civil War the first thing the King did was to institute gun-control (or rather arms-control) laws. His objective was to prevent the population from being able to stop the government from resisting tyranny. You need to learn history.

      The first thing the people in control of a government do is to disarm the population – normally under the guise of public welfare. Then they start imposing more and more on the individual freedoms and rights. Adolf Hitler and the NAZIs did this as did the Communist.

      In a free society everyone helps keep the peace. It has only been the adoption of the concept of police (also called a select militia) and the isolation of the individuals from policing that many of the problems we see today have occurred.

      Learn history or lose your freedoms.

      1.”A free people ought to be armed.”
      ~George Washington

      2.”To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…”
      ~Richard Henry Lee

      3.”The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest possible limits. … and [when] the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
      ~St. George Tucker

      4.”[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
      ~James Madison

      5.”Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
      ~George Washington

      6.”A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders.”
      ~Larry Elder

      33.”No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
      ~Thomas Jefferson

      34.”Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
      ~Thomas Jefferson (quoting Cesare Beccaria)

    2. Sarasota Jim says:

      And what might that “problem” be? I carry my weapon across more than 30 states without difficulties. it is the state of New York that has the problem.

      1. karlson says:

        If you read the law, you will have the problem. But don’t read it for me, read it for yourself and understand it. Because if you do get pulled over, you will have to answer the question correctly. There is no “standard of reciprocity” for licensed firearms between states.

        Private investigators and police can go from NY to NJ and find themselves hassled because their licenses to carry firearms in NY are not valid in NJ.

        If you are traveling through NY and are from out of state with an out of state firearms permit, you are expected to “keep on trucking”. That is to say that you stop at your own peril, subject to arrest. If you are passing through and don’t stop, except for gasoline and pit stops, you might be ok. It’s subject to interpretation and it depends on what police agency stops you. If you are telling the police the truth and the officer feels you are being straight up, there should be no hassle. But there are no guarantees.

        Active and retired police officers are covered under the the law known as H.R. 218 to carry anywhere in the US if they qualify with their licensed firearm annually.

        1. DanTe says:

          And here I thought the Bill of Rights applies across all State lines. I guess the Bill of Rights stops where the LIB T A R Ds starts.

  9. jay bee says:

    maybe he can start a new coalition of the tea party on rikers island ..

  10. Truth says:

    Tea Party Patriots? More like Tea Party Traitors.

  11. su says:

    Oops! Wrong week to have a gun in NYC. Ya gotta know the TSA was going to try and score points with the Bloomberg/Kelly duo!

  12. Matthew Caggia says:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Except the correct rules of grammar also accept that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” is modified by “A well regulated militia” meaning that in order to maintain a militia, people have right to bear arms. Therefore, since a well regulated is no longer necessary, the right to bear Arms is no longer valid.

    And about your assertion about the Amendment 2 not restricting itself to the national government, actually it historically does. It is not until the passage of the 14th Amendment that the Second Amendment protection (or any Bill of Rights protection for that matter) is extended to be a protect from the states.

    Now I am not agreeing or disagreeing, just simply pointing out the alternative reading of the same grammar and that both interpretations of the statement is correct, which is why there is unlimited controversy over this amendment. And correcting your history. Either way, the 2nd Amendment combined with the 14th Amendment does protect people from a state violating this amendment, whatever its real meaning may be.

    1. DRLJR says:

      The reading you are expounding is not support by the English and is in fact a distortion of the English. The first person I heard expounding this distortion was Sarah Brady in the 1980s. The expounding you are doing is to add words such as “because” , “therefore”, or “since” that are not present and not supported by the grammar.

      If you remove the adverb and prepositional phrases you get

      A militia, the right shall not be infringed. *

      What one see is that words such as “since” or “because” can not be inferred. Both “militia” and “right” are nouns and under the rules of English the comma can be replaced by “and” for a sentence that reads

      A militia and the right shall not be infringed.

      And by the rules of English when two nouns are separated by “and” and have the same predicate (i.e. verb phrase) the sentence can be re-written as

      A militia shall not be infringed.
      The right shall not be infringed.

      The only way the reading Gun-Ban advocates propose is to distort the English of the sentence by making the assumption not supported by the sentence structure. Most 3rd and 4th grader have been taught sentence diagramming. Or at least they were back in the 1960s. And any honest English grammar teacher would fail a student trying to add words to a sentence such as this.

      Amendment 2 is written to protect the citizens from both the federal and State governments. It states an absolute just like Amendments 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 do. Then add in Article 6, Paragraph 2 which states the US Constitution is the Supreme Law of the land. As a result it has always applied to the States. Amendment 1 limited itself to Congress.

      It is only the gun-ban advocates who have distorted and re-written the history and this goes back to the “taxes” on machine guns back in the 1920 or so to make it impossible for people to purchase some types of Arms. Registration, carry permits and other such items are infringements and to my knowledge they are all rooted in the Socialist movement and in the State-ism from the French Revolution.

      So I understand where you are coming from in relation to the issue but people have to understand it is a distortions of the language and history. The NRA has also published some excellent historical information as well.

      The US Constitution was written in simple straight forward English so anyone can understand it. our problem is that people have allowed the servants to distort it and interfere with our rights, freedoms and privileges in the name of public safety, social justice and perceived equality.

      * I do not include the comma that is often seen in the 2nd Amendment between the word “arms” and “shall” since the Library of Congress website at

      does not include it. However, under the rules of English the use of the comma in this context is optional and would simply indicate a “stopping point” of the previous clause because the verb phrase is the next part of the sentence.

      P.S. I have been studying the US Constitution for a LONG time.

  13. jdt says:

    Since Andrew is such a legal expert he should do some research concerning folks arrested for transpoted their firearms. First he declared it, had it in a lockbox, as perscribed by the FAA. It’s just a sad way to promote Bloomie’s gun control arguments. Please note he wasn’t carrying a loaded firearm in New York. Almost all of these cases wind up getting thrown out because someone at the airlines failed to do their job. I’m sure he isn’t a blood crazed lunatic who was stalking the streets of New York, unlike the pieces of trash who killed the police office in Brooklyn, who obtained their weapon illegally.

    1. mike says:

      this fool was ILLEGALLY carrying his gun in NY. put him in the slammer for a few day until his sponsors at the republican party bail him out.

    2. Good Ol' American Native says:

      Google: *H.R.822* recently passed through house, amended at the senate (by Anti-American Socialist) and The Demon-crats said the entire reason why H.R.822 was a good thing was All 50 States; pistol permits would be recognized Federally Overriding State Laws on Permits, Really Its just the Trojan Horse that will Ruin Our Foundation A.K.A. BILL OF RIGHTS!!!! This whole charge is B.S.!!! the union already overrode the Declaration of Independence When the South Tried to Succeed From the Union because they found there Govt. to be unfit and wanted Freedom so When People Point at Confederate Flags and mutter racist and oppressor They are Probably Right In Alabama or New York but Really they are in Need of a Education (The Flag was a Symbol of Freedom Granted Not For Everyone but the just wanted to Keep there Customs and Way of Life when Lincoln a Republic, Won the Election on Electoral Votes and the South Never have chance there Vote Didn’t Matter ei. Al Gore, McCain both probably should have one without Corruption on the Highest most Unchecked of Levels) and I am a Yankee for NY with a NY education and these Liberals are out of the Flipping Minds Something needs to Reel In Our Government Or My Vote This Coming Election is For a Revolution of our so called Democratic Republic!!

  14. Andrew says:

    Bottom line… he’s an idiot.

  15. DRLJR says:

    Since Amendment 2 prohibits gun-ban laws he needs to be released and his property returned. Amendment 2 is a sentence with two subjects “militia” and “right” and under the Rules of English can be written as

    “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security
    of a free state shall not be infringed.”

    “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

    It should be noted “shall not” is a prohibition and Amendment 2 does not restrict itself to the national government.

    and the claim that the guns used in crimes come from outside of the city is an excuse to justify taking away more of our rights and freedoms.

    1. Andrew says:

      Yes, but in cities where gun violence is very high, a permit is required to carry, which is an agreed upon convention… just like having a drivers license.

      Basically, he was ignorant in assuming he could carry his gun in one of the most heavily protected airports in the world. And even more so not to follow the laws of New York State, and City.

      1. DRLJR says:

        Which is why the crime rates are so high. Where Amendment 2 is not being violated in such fashions the crimes are significantly lower. A Classic example is Florida. Florida had a very high crime rate back in the 1980/1990s. They undid all of the unconstitutional laws and the crime rate plummeted. The criminals started targeting tourist and Florida passed laws to allow tourist to bring guns into the State. As result Florida ended up with a lower crime rate.

        If one looks at the crime rate and various statistics one finds the greater crime rate in those places that are violating Amendment 2 the most.

        1. A "Going Postal" Worker says:

          I’m not saying that your arguments completely lack merit.

          However, are you not also considering that Florida’s economic rennaissance over that period boosted employment , people were happier b/c they earned more $$$$$, etc. – what on earth does that have to do with guns????????

          1. DRLJR says:

            If you remember the claims of the gun-ban advocates, when Florida cleaned-up their laws, they claimed violence and crime was going to sky-rocket. Just the opposite happened and they immediate discounted the the reason the crime rates dropped – an armed or perceived armed population. They claimed the real cause was what you stated ignoring all of the facts and evidence.

            Florida’s economic condition did not change “overnight” but the drop in crime and violence was “overnight”. Progressive/Marxists like to re-write history to suit their needs.

    2. Andrew says:

      In short, he failed to follow agreed upon procedures… aka, acquiring a permit (which he knows all to well about, since he has a permit in CA). Failing to have a permit for a weapon in NY City usually means a minimum 1 year jail sentence. He’s lucky they’re only charging him with 2nd degree possession.

    3. Devenio says:

      This was no accident. The goal here is to force a debate as to the legalaty of the “right to bear arms.” I hope he wins.

    4. fer says:

      really, is this idiot in a militia? then the 2nd amendment doesn’t apply.

      1. DRLJR says:

        If you look at my earlier comment you will notice that Amendment 2 protects Militias and individual’s rights to keep and bear (carry) Arms. Amendment 2 does apply and the all gun-control/ban, registration and licensing laws are unconstitutional.

    5. JOSH SUCKS says:

      Take the idea that you have and put it aside. He was charged under violation of local laws. Whatever you’re talking about does not apply. And he’s lucky that he is not charged federally in addition to the NYC violation.

  16. Frank Rizzo says:

    Wonder who he was planning on shooting?

    1. A "Going Postal" Worker says:

      A very good question, Frank.

      Mr. Meckler probably forgot that he wasn’t in some “good ol’ boy” Southern state, where (thanks to the NRA) a 5 year-old can walk around with a loaded weapon (and people think it’s normal). . . .

      1. The Facts says:

        The NRA has never advocated arming five year olds. Surely you jest.

        1. The 40 year old magpie says:

          They have advocated arming the mentally ill.

          1. The Facts says:


            1. HenryP says:

              Wrong. Being a member of the NRA automatically makes you mentally ill

              1. jant1215 says:

                and your comment makes you mentally ill

              2. The Facts says:

                Insults do not win arguments.

    2. Love NYC says:

      If it was locked up and unloaded, probably not anybody. Curious what he does for a living.

      1. JOSH SUCKS says:

        It’s illegal to ship a firearm on a commercial flight unless you are law enforcement and make prior arrangements with authorities in advance.

        1. Software Cowboy says:

          Wow, not even close. You might want to read up on the actual law before making things up. His weapon was secured properly per TSA and airline guidelines for transport. His problem is he isn’t allowed to have it in NY. By the way, the gun has to be in the hold (you cannot bring it in your carry on luggage), but you don’t have to be law enforcement or make prior arrangements.

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