NEW YORK - A tourist from Tennessee reportedly thought she could check her loaded gun at New York City's Sept. 11 memorial.
The New York Post says 39-year-old Meredith Graves was visiting the memorial at the World Trade Center site on Dec. 22 and noticed a sign that said "No guns allowed." The Post reports that Graves asked police where she could check her loaded pistol. She was arrested on a gun-possession charge.
Graves has a legal permit to carry a weapon in Tennessee, but New York's gun laws are stricter.
The Post says Graves posted bond and is due back in court March 19. She faces 3½ years in prison if convicted.
The newspaper says her attorney at Legal Aid did not return phone calls.
"You'd think states would reciprocate with the Second Amendment. She has a license to carry in Tennessee," her mother-in-law, who lives in Manchester, NJ., told the Post.
Meanwhile, officials at the memorial say the site has hadsince opening to the public this year.
The memorial plaza and its two huge fountains now draw about 10,000 visitors each day to ground zero, even as construction continues on the rebuilt World Trade Center.
Visitors are required to get free passes in advance. No more than 1,500 people are allowed on the lower Manhattan site at a time.
The memorial opened on Sept. 12 after its dedication on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.