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A South Bend businessman is caught in a legal battle after being arrested for carrying a gun in New York City, his case is making national headlines and stirring a nationwide debate on gun laws.
Ryan Jerome, who has lived in South Bend for 12-years (not counting service in the Marine Corps) and was raised in Sandusky, Michigan, is the owner of RJ’s Gold on Michigan Street in downtown South Bend. He opened his shop on September 16, within two-weeks his business was doing so well that he was ready to take $15,000 worth of gold to a refinery.
“That refinery actually happened to be in Long Island, New York so that’s kind of how the whole thing started there,” Jerome described.
According to Jerome’s lawyer, Mark Bederow, before making the trip to New York and carrying thousands of dollars worth of gold on the streets, Jerome had an eye to his safety and checked to see if it would be legal for him to carry his .45-caliber pistol with him in the city. Bederow claims the Jerome consulted a website about gun laws and a mistake led him to believe that his permit to carry a gun in Indiana would be valid in New York City.
“I most definitely wouldn’t have gone if I’d have known that it was illegal to take my weapon,” Jerome stated. “I would’ve never taken it with me.”

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