New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is as militantly anti-gun as a politician can get. When students around the country staged a 17-minute school walkout to protest gun violence, Hizzoner was right there demonstrating with them.
So imagine his embarrassment Saturday when a deputy director of his Office of Criminal Justice was busted for having a loaded 9mm handgun in the glove compartment of her car that had its serial number scratched off for good measure.
Via the New York Post:
Reagan Stevens … and two young men were arrested for illegal weapons possession while sitting in a double-parked car near the scene of a Saturday night shooting in Queens, cops said.
A loaded, 9mm semi-automatic pistol with its serial number defaced was hidden in the car’s glovebox, and there was a spent shell casing on the floor near Stevens’ feet in the rear of the 2002 dark red Infiniti SUV, law enforcement sources said.
The handgun seized by cops has an eight-round magazine and held three cartridges — two in the magazine and one in the chamber, sources said.
Stevens, 42, and the two men — who cops say also had knives on them — were awaiting arraignment Sunday night in Queens Criminal Court, where her mom, Deborah Stevens Modica, has been a judge since her appointment in 1997.
None of the three in the car admitted owning the gun. Authorities thus charged each of them with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. The driver, 25-year-old Caesar Forbes, and Montel Hughes, 24, who sat “shotgun,” were additionally cited for carrying knives.
Aaccording to New York station WNBC, a spokesman for the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice said in a statement said that Stevens was suspended immediately without pay pending an investigation.