In NYC, any masochist can apply for a gun permit. The labyrinthine, invasive, and expensive vetting process was designed by bureaucratic sadists to discourage the general public from ever attempting it. On that level, it works.
Even applicants who pass extensive background investigations can ultimately be rejected for reasons that are not explained and for which there is no appeal. Moreover, if you get turned down, that fact alone can be used against you in unrelated matters. And just so you know, if you are an average upstanding American citizen with a clean record seeking a ‘concealed carry’ permit, your chances are zero to none.
Not surprisingly, cops and criminals possess the majority of handguns here in Fun City. Permits are carefully meted out to the political class, celebrities, bodyguards, P.I.s, and the well-connected. Don’t let the hand-wringing liberal politicians pull the wool over your eyes: Bloomberg’s ‘gun control’ in NYC is the future of the nation if he and the Obamas and Feinsteins prevail on watering down the Constitution, inch by inch.
Once the Second Amendment becomes a holey dishrag, stripping local law enforcement of their weapons will be the likely next step for “progressives,” just like in England. The police already carry the weight of endless oversight and immediate accountability for the thankless task of taking down some of the most violent, recidivist criminals in the country. And, God forbid, imagine if a cop must use a weapon in the process, particularly in their own self-defense?
For instance, when an NYPD officer shoots anyone today, the first questions asked by the press and lawyers are not “Are you all right?” but “Did the “victim” have a gun? Did you see him fire it? Where is it now?” Sadly, establishing the race of the cop and the ‘victim’ are one of the first ‘issues of concern’ of all parties involved. If the cop is even asked if he’s unharmed, it’s likely by another cop.
Whenever police officers shoot and kill a suspect here, there’s almost always an outcry from the liberal media, racial “spokesmen,” and, of course, the ACLU. When criminals use their weapons against cops, the excuses and rationalizations are equally predictable and prepackaged. If the cops are white, immediate accusations of racism follow. If the cops are black or Hispanic, police brutality is suggested.
So America, here’s a cautionary word from the Big Apple. If you live beyond the boundaries of this city and state, just an average guy or gal enjoying uncorrupted rights to own legal firearms, stay where you are. Do not come here. Make sure those reasonable gun laws where you live are maintained, for the sake of our Constitution and your own self-preservation.
NYC is your future without those protections. Recognizing gun permits issued in other states, even in the rest of NY State – legally called ‘reciprocity’ – does not exist in this city or state. If you are found in possession of a firearm here, no matter how legal or vetted you or your weapons are elsewhere, you will find yourself face down sucking concrete. You will be charged with felony gun possession and looking at the possibility of serving 3 to 5 years of hard time. Bloomberg will make you a criminal and a convict, and the real criminals will still have their guns stashed away, protected by their Constitutional rights from unlawful search and seizure.
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