The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office will dismiss felony gun charges against Jewish Republican New York City Councilwoman Inna Vernikov after she was caught on camera carrying a gun at what she called a “pro-Hamas rally” at a college campus last month.
What are the details?
Vernikov’s gun was unloaded and “inoperable” — missing the “recoil spring assembly” that allows it to fire bullets — when the NYPD recovered it, the DA’s office said Friday, according to the New York Post.
“In order to sustain this charge, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the weapon in question was capable of firing bullets,” Brooklyn DA spokesman Oren Yaniv said in a statement, the paper said. “Absent such proof, we have no choice but to dismiss these charges.”
Vernikov has a concealed carry permit, but the Post said it’s illegal in New York state to carry a gun at sensitive locations such as protests or on school grounds.
What’s the background?
Vernikov has spoken out against Palestinian supporters and attended an Oct. 12 rally on the campus of CUNY’s Brooklyn College, the paper reported in a previous story. Police sources told the Post that Vernikov was seen “with the…
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