2007-08-31 / Letters

Carrying Permits For Concealed Weapons

This letter was sent to Congressman Anthony Weiner from George Greco, New York State Rifle and Pistol Asso-ciation New York City Representative.

Dear Congressman Weiner,

I am writing this letter to you regarding your appearance on a Sunday, August 19, 2007 news interview with Mr. Marvin Scott.

To give you a brief background on myself, I was born and raised in Marine Park, Brooklyn. I presently live in Rockaway. I am married with two daughters, ages 18 and 7. My wife Daniela is a New York City licensed high school teacher who teaches in Beach Channel High School. Both my mother and my sister reside in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. In addition, my sister Caroline works for Kingsborough Community College. My daughter and niece are both recent graduates of Goldstein High School.

I feel this brief background is important so you understand my roots that are in the district that you have been elected to represent. I presently represent the Manufacturers Wood-workers Association of Greater New York Inc. at the New York City District Council of Carpenters and Join-ers of America Benefit Funds, at 395 Hudson Street, New York, NY. I am on the Board of Directors for Peninsula Hospital Center located in Far Rockaway, Queens.

The topic that I am very interested in is the firearms issue. Most newly elected politicians that go to Washington, especially from sanctuary cities like New York, are not part of mainstream America. But, hearing and listening to what you said in this interview, motivated me to write this letter to you.

Fifteen years ago throughout the United States there were 12 states that had concealed carry laws on the books. Fifteen years later, there are now 41 states that allow their law-abiding citizens to apply for licenses and possess firearms in a legal manner. I am sure you are aware that the City of New York does not share this vision, which obviously is not mainstream.

As the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association's newly elected New York City representative, I was impressed with your current views that you have acquired since you have been elected to Congress. I am reaching out to you since you have utilized the term "common ground." I have some ideas that, if you are interested, we can work together and achieve "common ground." Since the mid-1960's the only common ground regarding this issue is named after many street signs posted in New York City, called "one way."

So, to conclude, if you are serious about approaching this topic on a national level, I would like to see some support from you on a local level.

GEORGE L. GRECO

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