Agreed. He made his bed and now he has to lie in it. I wish him luck but the fallout will continue to haunt him.
The last time I went to NY (not on duty) I was completely ignorant of their laws. That would not have saved me had I been caught in possession though. This was about 25 years ago. I would say that with the internet these days you have absolutely no excuse not to know the laws.
Proxima est Mors, Malum Nullum adhibit Misericordiam