Passenger Arrested After Handgun Found Inside Cruise Luggage

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Passenger Gun Luggage Arrest
Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Passenger Gun Luggage Arrest

Carol Ann McNeill-Skorupan

Celebrity Silhouette Cruise Passenger Luggage Gun Arrest-  On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Carol Ann McNeill-Skorupan, 68, from Madison, Wisconsin arrived in George Town, Cayman Islands (see video below) aboard Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Silhouette, the first port of call on a nine-night Caribbean cruise ($1049 to $3484 per person.).

I would like to point out this one very important issue. McNeill-Skorupan sailed out of, and flew into Fort Lauderdale. In order for her bags to arrive in George Town (of all places) she would have had spoken to someone back in the USA and specfically requested that her bags be delivered to George Town, in order for that bag to just arrive, beyond the airport and cruise port she arrived at/departed from.

To just take for granted that an American can travel to a foreign nation with a firearm, seems more like a case of a travel rookie mistake. By the time you’re reached the age of 68, if you don’t know enough about life to keep to your fanny out of a foreign jail, it may be simply too late to get that clue.

Wisconsin Firearm Laws

In Wisconsin, there are no firearm registration requirements or laws limiting the capacity of magazines or any requirement for background checks on private gun sales. In Wisconsin open carry is legal for any person that is 18 years or older and not prohibited from possessing a  firearm  under  state and  federalaws. Wisconsin is basically the old west of American firearm laws. It’s not the norm.

Five states (California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and South Carolina), as well as the District of Columbia, generally prohibit people from openly carrying handguns in public places. Thirty-one states allow the open carrying of a handgun without any license or permit, although in some cases the gun must be unloaded.

Caribbean Firearm Laws

In Caribbean nations,  there are restrictions to some degree, you NEED to know the law.  In the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Honduras, Barbados, Panama, Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica they have some regulations, some which may require residency to possess a firearm.

American Right To Bear Arms

Civilian Firearm Ownership Rate
Civilian Firearm Ownership Rate

In 2017,  the United States had  326,474,000 people living in the country. Yet, 393,347,000 firearms owned by private citizens, with only 1,073,743 of those firearms registered, and an estimated 392,273,257 were unregistered.

Just because you’re an American, doesn’t give you carte blanche to do whatever you want in other nations. In fact, these days, being an American abroad is more than enough reason to know your place and know the laws of other lands.

Celebrity Silhouette had embarked from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, calling at Georgetown (Grand Cayman), Cayman Islands; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad (Curacao), Netherlands Antilles and Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles before returning to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

It was in the Cayman Islands, when a third piece of luggage was forwarded by Delta Airlines to Owen Roberts International on Grand Cayman.  Along the way, that piece had became separated from her other checked airline luggage.

Cayman Islands Local Laws
Cayman Islands Local Laws

The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for the Cayman Islands says possessing a gun or ammunition is illegal. For whatever logical or illogical reason, McNeill-Skorupan who has a Wisconsin concealed carry permit, chose to pack a .25 caliber handgun and six rounds of ammunition in that third bag she checked at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison (MSN).

McNeill-Skorupan spent three nights in jail before her release on $10,000 bail and the surrender of her passport. A judge later granted her permission to travel, and McNeill-Skorupan is back in Madison.  Conviction carries a mandatory seven-year prison term upon a guilty plea, 10 years if convicted at trial.

Celebrity Cruises Passenger Contract Firearms
Celebrity Cruises Passenger Contract Firearms

Celebrity Cruises Passenger Ticket Contract

Celebrity Cruises Passenger Ticket Contract forbids possession of firearms. In the Caymans, it was considered illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm. McNeill-Skorupan not only violated Celebrity Cruise Ticket Comtract, she violated Cayman Islands firearms law.

Video: Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service