Council Member Inna Vernikov arraigned after allegedly bringing gun to Brooklyn College protest

New York City Council Member Inna Vernikov was arraigned Thursday morning in Kings County Criminal Court after she turned herself in for allegedly bringing a gun to a rally at Brooklyn College last month. 

Vernikov, a Republican who represents Brooklyn’s 48th District, attended the pro-Palestinian rally on Oct. 12 to support the Jewish and Israeli students counter-protesting the event. Photos of the Council Member posted online after the event appeared to show her Smith & Wesson nine-millimeter pistol tucked into her waistband, and the NYPD later said a portion of the firearm was “protruding from the front portion of her pants.”