Bucs Da’Quan Bowers Has Felony Gun Charges Reduced, Avoids Jail

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Da’Quan Bowers found out this morning that New York gun laws are not the same, and luckily for Bowers, it saved him some jail time.

A judge dropped the charges of felony second-degree possession of a weapon against the Buccaneers defensive end  to a charge of disorderly conduct.

That charge carries no jail time or probation, Bowers’ lawyer Dennis Coppin told USA TODAY Sports.  Bowers paid a $250 fine and $120 surcharge. The case is “sealed upon payment” and there will be no further penalties for him Coppin said.

Shortly after the decision on Thursday, Bowers tweeted: “I appreciate my LOYAL fans. I see and read each and every tweet yours are appreciated!”

Bowers was arrested in February when he let a  LaGuardia Airport security employee know he had a gun in his bag while checking in for a flight out of New York.

Bowers received the same charges as Plaxico Burress, who accidentally discharged his gun in a Manhattan night club and served nearly two years in prison.