A former New York State Senate candidate has been arrested for felony weapons charges after being pulled over on her way to Niagara Falls with her boyfriend.
Gia Arnold, 26 and her 18-year-old boyfriend Halim Johnson were taken into custody Wednesday after police found an AR-15 rifle, a handgun, knife and ski mask in her car.
The 2014 Tea Party candidate was pulled over by police for falling to use her turn signal and upon searching the car, they found the deadly weapons, reported New York Daily News.
Former New York State Senate candidate Gia Arnold has been arrested for weapons charges after being pulled over on her way to Niagra Falls with her boyfriend
As the officers were conducting a records check, Officer Michael Tarnowski found a loaded magazine clip on her passenger seat after she was asked to step out of the car. The AR-15 was found between her seat and the driver’s door and the handgun was in a cup holder, said the paper.
Tarnowski immediately placed her in handcuffs. Caldwell then had Johnson step out of the vehicle and Caldwell spotted a handgun with a red bandana around its grip in the driver’s side door cup holder.’
An investigation to determine who owns the guns is continuing and more charges are possible, says Buffalo News.
Arnold, an Albion resident and Johnson, of Haeberle Avenue, remain in jail at the Niagara County Jail in Lockport with a $5,000 bail.
Both are scheduled to attend Niagara Falls City Court on Tuesday.
Arnold has been very vocal about her pro-gun ideologies and is known for her campaign on a pledge to repeal New York’s assault weapons ban, known as the SAFE Act.
An appeal has since been launched on Rally.org appealing to raise money for Arnold and her boyfriend, who, according to the page, were the victims of ‘racial profiling’.
The appeal reads: ‘We are asking all patriots to Rally behind her and help her get out of this horrid mess. Think about this, you get pulled over for not using a turn signal and it turns into a felony charge because you invoked your constitutional right to remain silence’.
So far $3,390 has been raised.
Arnold is very vocal about her pro-gun ideologies and is known for her campaign on a pledge to repeal New York’s assault weapons ban, known as the SAFE Act (left)
Gia Arnold, 26 (left) and her 18-year-old boyfriend Halim Johnson (right) were taken into custody Wednesday after police found an AR-15 rifle, a handgun, knife and ski mask in her car
Arnold made headlines in 2014 after suddenly stepped down from her campaign and admitting she had had an extra-marital affair.
The now 26-year-old mother of three had been the favourite of the Republican Party’s radical right Tea Party faction, announced her decision with a letter posted on Facebook.
‘I participated in an extramarital affair beginning in August of this year,’ she wrote. ‘It was an excuse for an escape from an already declining marriage.’
But in a bizarre twist she re-entered the race a week later after receiving hundreds of messages of support from constituents.
Speaking at the time she told Buffalo News: ‘When I made my announcement last week, I never fathomed the hundreds of texts, calls and emails that I received, almost all of which called for me to stay in this race and fight for truth, honesty and what is right for our Senate district.’
Arnold ended up losing out to Robert G. Ortt, who now holds the seat.
According to Linked In, she is now working as a Senior Administrative Assistant at Iroquois Job Corps Center.