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Tourist tries to check loaded gun at WTC memorial

December 29, 2011 6:28:14 AM PST
A gun-toting tourist from Tennessee learned the hard way that you're not allowed to carry guns in New York City, even with an out-of-state license.

Police say 39-year-old Meredith Graves tried to check her gun a week ago during a visit to the September 11th memorial. Graves noticed a sign that said "No guns allowed," so she asked police where she could check her loaded pistol. She was arrested on a gun-possession charge.

Now, she's facing 3 1/2 years in prison.

The medical student was in town for a job interview.

She was released on $2,000 bail.

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

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