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Da’Quan Bowers’ lawyer confident he’ll be “fully exonerated”

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Although Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been charged with a felony weapons offense that carries a sentence of 3.5 to 15 years in prison, his attorney sounded an optimistic note in making a statement about the case today.

“After a full and fair investigation of the facts and circumstances regarding this registered firearm Mr. Bowers will be fully exonerated,” attorney Dennis Coppin wrote in an email to the Tampa Tribune.

But while Coppin might think his client will be cleared, the Queens District Attorney’s Office says Bowers already admitted that he was carrying a handgun at LaGuardia Airport. And while Bowers believed he was doing the right thing by alerting authorities when he realized he had a gun in his carry-on bag, the fact remains that New York City is the wrong place to get caught carrying a handgun — as Plaxico Burress found out the hard way.

The Buccaneers released a statement saying they’re aware of Bowers’ arrest and are withholding comment until they know all the facts.

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29 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers’ lawyer confident he’ll be “fully exonerated””
  1. Ponder This says: Feb 19, 2013 1:22 PM

    Is there no difference between alerting authorities that you accidentally brought a gun to the airport and firing a gun in a crowded nightclub?

  2. themagicman1223 says: Feb 19, 2013 1:22 PM

    Even if he is fully exonerated, he’s still going to be an idiot.

  3. bigredgoog says: Feb 19, 2013 1:24 PM

    I hope the judge has leeway. I can’t imagine having to sentence a guy to jail for 3.5 years if the story is that he left his loaded gun in his carry on luggage, realized it prior to being searched and declared his mistake.

    My point isn’t about the facts of this case just that there are circumstances that call for discretion by someone in authority. Some laws don’t allow for such judgement.

  4. bbrophy1 says: Feb 19, 2013 1:25 PM

    He should have just rented a car, put the gun in the trunk and drove all the way back home

  5. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 19, 2013 1:28 PM

    For those complaining about Bower’s getting punished for doing the right thing.

    Plaxico Burress turned himself in after the incident two days later. Police didn’t extend a warrant for arrest until they found out about the incident on the news.

    Bowers turns in his gun rather than get on the plane with it and they cuff him anyway.

    Again reason #85002390 not to trust the police. Even when you do their job. They still throw the book at you.

  6. blackngold4life says: Feb 19, 2013 1:33 PM

    Transporting and Firing (even though accidental) a gun are two separate issues..

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 19, 2013 1:34 PM

    “Hi Mom, I’m going to court to be exonerated………..Exonerated………it’s a good thing.”.

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 19, 2013 1:34 PM

    Gun in NY + no permit from NY = screwed. He won’t do as much time as Plax but if he thinks he’ll pay a fine and get put on probation, he’s in for a rude awakening.

  9. yungbull2012 says: Feb 19, 2013 1:35 PM

    He’s a good character guy that made an idiotic move. Looking forward to moving pass this..

  10. mikea311 says: Feb 19, 2013 1:38 PM

    I don’t know, the guy realizes he makes a mistake and notifies the authorities, basically doing the right thing. If he gets punished, what message does that send? basically don’t say anything and hope you don’t get caught?

    its like telling your kids not to lie and then punish them when they decide tell the truth.

  11. RoofDude says: Feb 19, 2013 1:39 PM

    Hope he got his retainer up front….

  12. justinharbaugh says: Feb 19, 2013 1:57 PM

    If his name was David Gregory, the District Attorney would already be looking the other way.

  13. jeagan1999 says: Feb 19, 2013 1:58 PM

    Although this was a stupid mistake by Bowers, comparing this situation to what Plaxico Burres did is apples and oranges. Burres brought a loaded handgun (stuck in the waistband of his pants) into a crowded night club in Manhatten and it discharged, injuring him and where it could have injured or killed other people. DaQuan’s hand gun was unloaded (no round in the chamber or magazine in the gun), and he alerted the ticket agent that he had forgotten about the weapon in his carry on before he got to TSA security. In the big scheme of things Bowers what Bowers did is small potatoes. I think they will fine him substantially and send him on his way.

  14. robrocker1959 says: Feb 19, 2013 2:09 PM

    Wait a minute. If I am correct, Da’Quan is not a resident of New York. Did he buy the gun in New York? Oh, no wait, he must have driven to New York with his gun. Um, wait. New York dosen’t have reciprocal conceal carry laws. Now how in the hell did he get it to New York, on a plane trip up there?

    There are some unanswered questions. Don’t ya think?

  15. sharkt says: Feb 19, 2013 2:12 PM

    Why is he carrying a loaded gun around to begin with — anywhere in NY? I’m guessing he doesn’t have a concealed carry permit there…

    Taking a loaded gun onto a plane presents its own set of problems — regardless of what state you are in, and regardless of whether it was “an accident” or not.

    Also, reports now say that authorities found the gun in his carry-on — that doesn’t sound like self-reporting to me.

    This isn’t just one bad decision, it’s a series of bad decisions. Hard to fathom what goes through these guys’ minds.

  16. nicksabansanahole says: Feb 19, 2013 2:13 PM

    The gun wasn’t loaded. The bullets were in the same bag(which NY considers a loaded gun) and he took it to the airport authority’s to tell them. He didn’t try to sneak it on the plane or attempt to hide anything. Only in New York are you arrested for doing the right thing. Still shouldn’t have had the gun.

  17. ripster65 says: Feb 19, 2013 2:39 PM

    I beieve it’s illegal to carry a gun into an airport whatever the reason, and “I forgot” has to be the lamest reason of all.

  18. gotampabay52 says: Feb 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    tooth brush check, load gun check, being an idoit check. Hope he gets off cause he is on the Bucs but come on man. He did go to Clemson right? Go Canes

  19. lrical says: Feb 19, 2013 3:00 PM

    How can you forget you have a loaded gun on you. Put it with your other luggage.

  20. yooperman says: Feb 19, 2013 3:07 PM

    It maybe illegal to carry a gun, but you can fly with one. He should have unloaded it and checked the bag. Is it illegal to own a gun in NY?

  21. illadelphiasphinest says: Feb 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    Whats the point of having these gun laws if we they aren’t goint to enforce them? Weather it was a mistake or not does it really matter? He commited a crime so he should have to serve his time just like any other regular joe.

  22. jeremycrowhurst says: Feb 19, 2013 3:27 PM

    At the time Plaxico was charged, the law was relatively new. Nobody had ever been prosecuted to the extent of the 3 year mandatory minimum; everybody charged had been allowed to plead to a lesser charge, and highest sentence received was a year and a half. They chose to make an example out of Plaxico, but they did give him a break in the sense that they didn’t go for the 3 year minimum.

    Bowers will undoubtedly be given a break too, but it’s hard to see him not doing some time given NY’s position on guns.

    On the bright side, he’ll likely get to skip OTA’s and training campin 2014….

  23. CowboyErik says: Feb 19, 2013 3:27 PM

    Any relation to Barry Switzer? I remember Switzer being fined more by Jerry Jones than anything else; and I think Switzer got caught in the TSA line…..

  24. jeremycrowhurst says: Feb 19, 2013 3:29 PM

    It maybe illegal to carry a gun, but you can fly with one. He should have unloaded it and checked the bag. Is it illegal to own a gun in NY?


    Tough to get the bags to the airport without carrying them. The laws are generally framed around carrying and possession, not ownership.

  25. umrguy42 says: Feb 19, 2013 3:33 PM

    “Is it illegal to own a gun in NY?”

    It gets closer every time they pass a new law…

  26. freepretzels says: Feb 19, 2013 3:45 PM

    If you carry guns all the time, its possible you could forget. He tried to do the right thing and got burned away.

    I don’t see how you can flip out about this, but be pro-gun rights, because if more states okay concealed carry, this will happen a lot more by accident.

  27. randygnyc says: Feb 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    Here in NYC, there isn’t any excuses for carrying an unpermitted pistol. That he also had ammunition in the same container as the pistol, it gets classified as a loaded gun. Doesn’t matter that at the time the bullets weren’t actually in the gun. Furthermore, there is a mandatory minimum for this crime. It used to be one year, now I think it’s three. Meaning, if he’s convicted, the judge has NO DISCRETION. The minimum sentence is mandatory. (Doesn’t matter that wherever he lives that the gun was legally purchased or licensed).

  28. norcalirish says: Feb 20, 2013 6:18 AM

    Man, there are some stupid ass people on this thread.

  29. failgoodell says: Feb 20, 2013 1:34 PM

    Are people really making excuses for this idiot? A gun in your carry-on bag? Ridiculous.

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