Posts Tagged ‘NY’
Rifle owners in New York
are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.
Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.
“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,” said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.
It’s almost like the registration plan won’t work.
In an exclusive story, the New York Post reports that a 31-year-old police officer has been identified as a suspect in the theft of firearms from the locker room at the Ninth Precinct headquarters in the East Village. At least four handguns were taken and allegedly sold on the street, the newspaper said.
Via Glen Reynolds.
A three-year investigation into the police’s habit of fixing traffic and parking tickets in the Bronx ended in the unsealing of indictments on Friday and a stunning display of vitriol by hundreds of off-duty officers, who converged on the courthouse to applaud their accused colleagues and denounce their prosecution.
Hmmm. Cops breaking the law are supported by other cops. There were more than 100 of the off-duty supporters, many of them holding signs reading “Just Following Orders“:
That shit oughta make anyone’s blood a bit chilly.
The unsealed indictments contained more than 1,600 criminal counts, the bulk of them misdemeanors having to do with making tickets disappear as favors for friends, relatives and others with clout. But they also outlined more serious crimes, related both to ticket-fixing and drugs, grand larceny and unrelated corruption. Four of the officers were charged with helping a man get away with assault.
So to summarize: Some cops have been breaking the law for their friends. Other cops are standing with them publicly. At the behest of the union, who supplied them with signs using the same excuse used by concentration camp workers.
Eugene J. O’Donnell, a professor of police studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice:
“The Police Department is a very angry work force, and that is something that should concern people, because it translates into hostile interactions with people.”
A New York City third-grader and his father have been arrested after the boy sold a loaded 9mm pistol to a classmate for $3, police said on Friday…
Father-son criminal charges include three counts each of criminal possession of a gun. An additional charge of acting in a manner to injure a minor was filed against Galvin, the legal owner of the pistol.
This is what should be expected in states like New York, where lax firearms regulations and an overabundance of backwoods hillbillies means every household contains a large number of guns.
We were told if you let everyone carry a gun they’d be shooting it out over parking spaces at the supermarket, and now this: Man who put woman in coma over parking spot claims self defense
A man accused of punching a woman so hard in a dispute over a Manhattan parking spot that she fell into a coma said on Monday he was acting in self defense.
“She hit first,” said Oscar Fuller, 35, outside of the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse.
Wait. He PUNCHED her? In New York?
Forget it, then.
Over at GunPoliticsNY: Plan B sucks
The NYPD suggests running away from an attacker armed with a gun. That’s excellent advice if the situation allows it. But if escape is not possible, they suggest hiding behind a filing cabinet:
Hiding behind a file cabinet is probably the best “Plan B”
Any port in a storm, and all that, but if hiding behind a filing cabinet and hoping the paperwork is packed tightly enough inside to provide cover in addition to a little concealment, you are basically in a “let’s keep our fingers crossed’” place.
They admit that there may be no other option than to fight the attacker:
Consider using pens, staples, chair legs, anything you can get your hands on, as an improvised weapon
Again, do whatever you have to and use whatever you have at hand. If you’re not in New York, you may actually be prepared to skip the “improvised weapon” step and go directly to the “weapon” step.
Four out of five dentists recommend actual weapons for their patients who attack armed gunmen. The other one is a gun grabber and probably has his own hired security.
The suggestions for improvised weapons reminds Murdoc of California’s suggestions for fighting an attacking mountain lion:
A hiker in Southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.
Murdoc’s response at the time:
Rocks, sticks, jackets. As I said in January, that’s not fighting back. That’s desperation. Carry a gun, friend.
Unfair to use a gun on a mountain lion? Exactly.
If you find it surprising that New York and California both suggest “defending” yourself with such silly weapons, raise your hand. Thank God that there is so much room in between those two places.
For the benefit of our New York readers, Murdoc has helpfully added some links to defensive gear on Amazon.com via the images to the right. Also consider this.
Here’s a little more on the story about the Ohio Supreme Court ruling that the city of Cleveland’s gun restrictions violated state law.
Two of the seven Justices dissented, but I find it hard to understand their argument. They reasoned, quoting an earlier case, that “in order for … a conflict to arise, the state statute must positively permit what the ordinance prohibits, or vice versa, regardless of the extent of state regulation concerning the same object,” and concluded that there was no conflict warranting preemption because “the Cleveland ordinances do not conflict with R.C. 9.68, because they does not permit something that the statute forbids or vice versa.” But how could this be so?
Which demonstrates that judges matter. 28% didn’t think that Cleveland’s restrictions conflicted with state law despite seemingly clear evidence to the contrary. If it had been three dissenters instead of two, suddenly Cleveland’s gun owners would be in a position where a flip by one person could change everything.
A New York Times story on the decision notes that outgoing Attorney General Richard Cordray (a Democrat) supported the decision. It also includes:
Ohio bans some assault weapons, like sawed-off shotguns, but Cleveland banned a broader array. [emphasis Murdoc's]
So, in which states is a “sawed-off assault shotgun” legal?
As a commenter on Volokh noted:
Glad they’re putting their most knowledgeable reporter on the story.
Yeah, but in New York you almost have to be criminal to be allowed to carry a gun.
More Celebrities Than Ever Are Carrying Firearms in New York City.
Because it’s so easy to get a carry permit in NYC, I guess.
If Murdoc didn’t know better, he’d wonder if there was any favoritism going on.
Gun permit aren’t easy, or cheap, to get. Applicants must show that they often carry large amounts of cash or valuables, or that they are being threatened in some way. And the application alone costs a nonrefundable $340.
Oh, so it’s mostly just discrimination against those with less money than the celebrities. Via Instapundit), who says
Not a threat to public safety like ordinary Americans getting gun permits . . . because if there’s one thing that celebrities are, it’s responsible.
The incident took place at about 2 a.m., after Mr. Goldstein was roused from sleep by a loud noise, police said. He grabbed his revolver and went down to the first floor of his Mill Basin house, where he was confronted in the kitchen by two men, one of whom appeared to be carrying a pistol and the other with what looked like a machine gun, law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the case said.
Mr. Goldstein apparently fired three rounds, striking Alexander Manigat, 30, twice in the chest and once in the arm, the officials said. The other suspect escaped through the front door of the house, leaving behind his weapon. Both the pistol and the machine gun turned out to be toys, but “were very realistic looking,” an official said.
The shootee, who will live, was released on parole in March.
A coyote has attacked a 3-year-old girl playing in her backyard in suburban New York, the second coyote attack on a child in the same suburb within four days…
The latest attack occurred as Rye Police Commissioner William Connors was addressing a group of residents about the last coyote attack.
The previous attack was on a 6-year-old girl playing in her front yard about a mile and a half away from this girl’s home, which is located behind the Rye Nature Center.
The Rye Nature Center has a note on their home page about the attacks which includes:
Proper precautionary measures and responsive behaviors should be reviewed with all family members and caregivers. A few suggestions include:
- Using noise, light and aggressive behavior to scare the animals which are naturally timid.
- Remove all potential food sources by securing garbage and compost, not feeding pets outdoors and keeping bird feeding areas clean.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 9-year-old New Dorp boy earlier today learned there is no wiggle room in the Department of Education’s “no toy gun” policy — even if the toy gun is just two inches long.
Patrick Timoney, a fourth-grader at PS 52, South Beach, was nearly suspended after playing with LEGOs during his lunch period because one of the action figures was carrying at toy machine gun.
He and his friends had planned a playdate with their respective toys, and were sitting around the cafeteria table when the principal walked in and saw the action figure carrying the fake gun.
While the action figure was a standard LEGO policeman figure, the brand of the gun could not be determined.
The brand of the gun could not be determined? Um, it’s not a gun.
It’s not even one of those life-sized replicas. It is one of those tiny things for Lego action figures. Similar to this:
The principal told the parents that she considered the little piece of plastic suspension-worthy, but a call to a security administrator resulted in only the little piece of plastic being confiscated and given to the boy’s parents.
A message left for Principal Evelyn Matroianni was not returned. However, Margie Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the DOE, said there is a no-tolerance policy when it comes to fake guns because they are considered harmful to the school community.
If someone put this in a movie about public schools it would be dismissed as a fiction. (Hat tip to the reader who sent this in.)
UPDATE: Comment on the NY Firearms board about the uncertainty over the brand of gun:
What about the year of manufacture, lots of potential laws broken here, hard to tell from the pic, but if that thing is not pre-ban, the student is looking at some felonies for sure.