It was ‘inappropriate’ for GOP Council Member Inna Vernikov to bring a gun to a protest: Adams

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday said it was “inappropriate” for a City Council member to bear arms at a protest rally, referring to Brooklyn lawmaker Inna Vernikov, who was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm for an incident that took place on Thursday.

Vernikov, a Republican representing parts of southern Brooklyn, turned herself into police early Friday morning after she was spotted in social media posts at a pro-Palestine protest, organized by Brooklyn College students, with a pistol in her waistband. The lawmaker, known for her pro-Israel stance, reportedly surrendered her gun and her concealed carry permit upon her arrest and was subsequently released with a desk-appearance-ticket.