The Fargo Forum reports that pregnant mother Beth Arneson Ferrizzi, of Moorhead, was shocked that she was arrested at New York's LaGuardia Airport because she was carrying her husband's unloaded handgun and ammunition locked in a case. The 29-year-old said she did her best to follow airline rules and was carrying the weapon in the same manner that she packed it for travel through the Fargo airport – and had no trouble, Forum reports.
Ferrizzi, who had been traveling with her 6-year-old daughter earlier this month, told Forum that she was handcuffed at LaGuardia, arrested and driven to jail. Her daughter was taken in a separate unmarked police vehicle. She is charged in Queens Criminal Court with a felony count of criminal possession of a loaded firearm, although she stresses that she thought she was traveling with the weapon properly stowed according to guidelines.
She had brought the gun to New York, where she was meeting her husband Joe, who is an Air Force master sergeant serving a yearlong stint in Honduras, and was on a leave. The two made a side trip to Philadelphia, where they visited his boyhood neighborhood, which he says can be a rough place, so Joe Ferrizzi had told his wife to bring the gun.
Beth Ferrizzi and her husband plan to fight the charges. "Somewhere there's a breakdown in communication and I don't know how to fix that," she told WDAY in Fargo.
Ferrizzi is not the only one to run into trouble for carrying a gun at a NYC-area airport this month. WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero, 30, was arrested a few days ago at John F. Kennedy Airport after declaring that there was a gun in his luggage.
In that case, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, had this to say: "For anyone who hasn't gotten the message, let me be crystal clear: You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon – loaded or unloaded – into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges."