When a New York attorney heard Saturday afternoon about Plaxico Burress‘ gunshot incident on Friday night, he shook his head and said the Giants wide receiver faced serious trouble if it happened in New York City.
Well, it did. A league source confirmed that Burress was in a New York City nightclub at the time he accidentally shot himself.
And as the website Profootballtalk.com pointed out, New York City embarked on a mission to crack down on illegal gun possession in 2006.
“Last year, our administration succeeded in pushing through a law that gives New York the toughest penalty in the country for carrying an illegal loaded handgun,” the website quoted New York mayor Michael Bloomberg as saying in July 2007. “Now, if you are convicted, you will serve a minimum of 3 ½ years behind bars — no exceptions.”
And now the New York Post is reporting that Burress did not have a permit to carry a weapon in the city, but he did have one issued to him in Florida that records show expired in May. As the Post pointed out, even if were still valid, New York does not recognize out-of-state permits.
So the bottom line is, even if Burress’ leg wound is not significant, his legal problems potentially are.