NEW YORK – A tourist from Tennessee was arrested in New York City last week after she asked if she could check her loaded gun at the city's September 11 memorial.
According to a report in the New York Post, 39-year-old Meredith Graves was visiting the memorial at the World Trade Center site on December 22 and noticed a sign that said “No guns allowed.”
The Post reports that Graves, of Knoxville, asked police where she could check her loaded pistol.
The officer told her that she was in luck because of “law enforcement day” and led her to another area where she was arrested on a gun possession charge, according to the paper.
Graves has a legal permit to carry a weapon in Tennessee, but New York's gun laws are stricter.
Graves posted a $2,000 bond and is due back in court March 19, according to the Post. She faces three-and-a-half years in prison if convicted.
Graves' attorney did not return phone calls to the newspaper.
According to her Linked-In profile, Graves is a medical student at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, an hour north of Knoxville, and works as a nurse practitioner at UT Medical Center.
Graves and her husband, Richard Disharoon, drove to New York because Graves, a registered nurse, had a job interview, the Post reported.
Graves has no prior criminal record and sources do not believe her intentions were sinister.
*The New York Post and Associated Press contributed to this report.