By Tom Knighton
It’s difficult to get a permit in New York City. Perhaps the most anti-gun city in America is notorious about only issuing concealed carry permits to the wealthy or well-connected. A permit is something of a mark of being Big Apple elite.
According to John Farnam writing over at Ammoland, even those select few who do have permits may not be able to get them renewed.
Several of my students (via past political connections) actually had CCW permits issued by the NYPD, nearly impossible to get, but they were very concerned about keeping them!
The sub-department that issues these permits has been fraught with scandal, one right after another. Several higher-ups have been indicted for accepting bribes [to issue permits]. Corruption is rampant and decades old!
Reacting to criticism, the current mayor’s predictable reaction has been to direct the NYPD to even further reduce the minuscule number of permits currently valid.
Hence, many NYC permit-holders, including several of my students, have received letters indicating that their city-issued CCW permits will not be renewed.
No reason given! No wrongdoing, real or imagined, on the part of disenfranchised CCW permit holders. Their precipitous castration is completely arbitrary!
Clearly not a good situation for those folks, to be sure.
That’s a problem of “may issue” jurisdictions. The decision on who to grace with permission to exercise their Second Amendment rights becomes completely arbitrary, the very antithesis of a right.
The funny thing is, had the sub-department in question not had any say in who could receive permits, there would never have been any bribes.
“Shall issue” states don’t have to worry about this nearly as much because there’s little reason to. Anyone who can meet objective requirements such as a background check can get their permit. There’s no reason to offer a bribe.
Further, it becomes risky for a bribed official to issue Click to see the original article