Lawyer Disbarred After Weapon Possession Plea Andrew Keshner, New York Law Journal April 4, 2014 | 4 Comments share share by mail share on linkedin Facebook share on twitter share on google+ Share With Email Send Thank you for sharing! Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. print reprints An attorney who admitted to having a loaded submachine gun in the trunk of his car has been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate court in light of his felony conviction. Sign up for a free digital membership and get great benefits like: Already Registered? Sign In now 5 free articles* every 30 days, from other ALM publications Exclusive discounts on ALM events and products New York Law Journal digital newsletter, plus your choice of more than 30 digital newsletters Access on the device of your choice: smartphone, tablet, or desktop Unlimited free access to Corporate Counsel and Law Technology News online Create Account with LinkedIn Register Now *May exclude premium content VIEW COMMENTS ( 4 ) ADD COMMENT What's being said Sign In Terms & Conditions Grifhunter Apr 09, 2014 Ok this is plain awful. In NY, for some stupid reason, merely having ammunition in a magazine OUTSIDE the gun is considered loaded. There is no evidence their was a round in a chamber ready to fire as the article tries to insinuate.Further, a submachine gun is a fully automatic weapon that is controlled under federal licensing and is not per se illegal in most of the country. This lawyer‘s gun was never identified as or charged as a fully automatic and thus, we have further erroneous reporting to scare the public. A semi automatic UZI (which is what he had) is operationally no different than any other rifle or pistol legal for hunting in the state. It kills no better, or no worse. It just looks scary to gun phobic urban dwellers. This poor slob was convicted merely for having a "loaded" gun in the limits of New York City. In every other county in the state and in every other state in the union, this is no more than a violation or at worse a misdemeanor. A substantial overcharge to make an example of a lawyer, no doubt.Finally, the 2nd Amendment protects the right to keep and BEAR arms. Bearing means to have with you and ready for self defense use. Who are you all to judge whether he "needs" this particular gun to protect himself? Did the victims of the Mumbai terrorist attack (in a city as big as NYC!) need a gun? Did the victims caught up in the LA riots have a use for an effective personal firearm before getting set upon by mobs? Lastly, as stated above, you‘ve walked, driven and waved at hundreds of your fellow citizens while they legally and discretely were armed with semi automatic personal firearms. The didn‘t shoot you, or bother you and you never even knew they had this gun with them. And yet the republic survived. Grow up, get used to the civil right and for God‘s sake, somebody pardon this poor bastard of an attorney. Anon Apr 09, 2014 Mr. Edelstein is currently being detained as dangerous/incompetent to stand trial on new charges unrelated to the machine gun incident discussed above. Andrew White Apr 04, 2014 To the previous commenter:Are you seriously suggesting a loophole for Mr. Edelstein to crawl through in order to circumvent the intent of the law? If you meant it as a joke, it‘s painfully un-funny. I‘m not surprised that you chose to post this comment anonymously.In all honesty, can you think of one good reason for an attorney who must be well into middle-age to be carrying a loaded weapon around our city that was designed for the specific purpose of killing as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time? In fact, the man‘s age and profession has nothing to do with it-- if he happened to be a janitor instead of a lawyer, would you give him advice on how to clear this offense from his record and carry on with his life as if nothing happened? not available Apr 03, 2014 Mr.Edelstein should wait 6 months and file a 440 motion with a Suffolk County judge known as James Hudson. I am sure the judge can figure out a way to take jurisdiction from another judge in another county. Appellate Judge Skelos is very good about these things when the lawyer applies for re-instatement Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here. Preparing comment abuse report for Article# 1202649600732 Send Thank you! This article's comments will be reviewed.