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Bucs DE Da'Quan Bowers faces prison time for gun charge


07:05 PM ET 02.18 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was arrested on Monday in New York for carrying a gun at LaGuardia Airport according to The Pewter Plank and Channel 4 in New York. A loaded .40 caliber pistol was found in Bowers' bag at the airport and he was promptly questioned and arrested for the offense. Bowers was charged with second-degree possession of a weapon and is expected to appear in court this evening. As The Pewter Plank points out, a second-degree criminal possession of a firearm is a class C felony in New York, which is the same charge Plaxico Burress was charged with for accidentally shooting himself a few years ago. If he's convicted, the minimum sentence in New York is 3.5 years in prison, so the situation involving Bowers is very serious and the NFL will be monitoring it closely. The law very distinctly states that not knowing the law is not an excuse and firearms at an airport are not tolerated and never excused. Unless Bowers has a seriously talented legal team, he's likely going to prison.


Da'Quan Bowers, Getty Images/Grant Halverson Da'Quan Bowers, Getty Images/Grant Halverson
February 18, 2013  11:22 PM ET


February 19, 2013  01:52 AM ET


Must have had a low Wonderlic score.

February 19, 2013  06:16 AM ET

"I didn't know it was in my bag!"

February 19, 2013  06:39 AM ET

How do these idiots not know you can't take a gun into New york ?

February 19, 2013  07:07 AM ET

Screw him, treat him like a terrorist!

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February 19, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Our gun laws in New York most importantly are 1) unconstitutional, and as such, the United States Supreme court should deem these sentences unconstitutional and reverse each and every one of them, and 2) were not well thought out when legislated by our state legislators when put into law and usurp the second amendment.

That being said, although I don't believe that in each and every case (they happen all the time, and not just by professional athletes) that there is criminal intent involved in these instances. According to our law, intent must be there in order to convict, and in some cases I just don't believe necessarily that this intent is there.

I do however believe that if you are a high profile Athlete, Rapper, Actor, or for that matter, a Celebrity, you simply have to know you can't do this (carry a gun) in New York as we have unconstitutional gun laws in place in our state, particularly the City of New York. You just gotta be smarter than that, or at least hire someone to think for you if you're incapable of thinking legally for yourself.

Don't get me wrong, I understand the reasoning behind our mayor(s) having unconstitutionally implemented these unconstitutional laws in New York City and I do think the intent is proper and well deserved base upon the thousands acts of criminality committed daily in our city, but it does not make it right to have these laws in place, it just makes it unconstitutional. Apple and I'm out.....and OBTW I'm not a gun advocate, I hate guns!

Doesn't matter, my friend... guns at airports are illegal and everyone knows it.

And - most people know (as a result of Plax's situation) gun violations in New York are the most stringent in the country. It isn't like Texas, where the former Cowboys Head Coach got caught (famous quote - "Oh my God!") and was basically slapped on the hand.

If this fool felt it necessary to carry a gun while travelling - he should have rented an RV.

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February 19, 2013  08:39 AM ET

He will spend a year in Jail, they might have raised the minimum to 2 Years!!!!!!Count on this guy spending time in Stripes!!!!

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February 19, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Da'Quan da' moron

February 19, 2013  09:42 AM ET

What a moron, he didn't know he packed a loaded pistol in his carry-on? Kinda hard to believe. If he wants to travel with a firearm, unload it and declare it in your checked baggage>>>>absolutely no problem , the few minutes it takes you to do this, saves years in prison.

February 19, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Screw him, treat him like a terrorist!

Maybe that is the answer!!! These idiots know they have a gun at an airport!!!

February 19, 2013  10:15 AM ET

But Plaxico told me that it was o.k. to carry a loaded gun into an airport!
DUH!!!!! It's really hard to believe how stupid some of these guys are; and they pass college courses and get a degree??? Right!

February 19, 2013  11:00 AM ET

A perfect example of Criminal Stupidity.

February 19, 2013  11:04 AM ET

A perfect example of Criminal Stupidity.

I agree and that is why they have to start "cracking" down on these idiot players that carry fire arms in an airport!!! I like what I.M. said in comment #5!!! If they continue to carry firearms in an airport, then "treat them like a terrorist"!!!!

February 19, 2013  11:14 AM ET

DUH !!!!! Plax told me not to carry in bars

February 19, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Or into any airport in the entire country......


February 19, 2013  12:36 PM ET

The Bowers Defense. I didn't know it was in the bag. Sort of like the Richard Sherman ( cornerback for Seattle) PED defense. His original defense was " I didn't know what was in the bottle". Later his lawyer pulled a Johnnny Cochran move and declared the testing company a bunch of bumbling idiots.


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