2012-01-13 / Editorial/Opinion

Common Sense On Visitors Carrying Concealed Weapons

New York City is one of the toughest places in the nation to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Only law enforcement agents, those who carry large amounts of cash or valuable items and friends of the mayor can get those carry permits. It is much easier to get a permit to have a gun at home for personal protection, but carry permits are dear. Those who make the rules say that it is good that carry permits are limited and that expanding the base would only cause more murders and mayhem. State rules make it difficult to get a carry permit for other parts of the state as well. There are a number of states where it is much easier to get a carry permit and to purchase a gun. The law in New York City has always been that the city’s rule to carry a concealed weapon inside city limits trumps the rule of any other area where the person bought and/or was carrying the weapon. Now, however, there seems to be a move among local politicians to call for a change in the draconian New York State gun laws that would allow people with carry permits from other states to carry their weapons in New York City as well. The move is spurred by the arrest of a Tennessee medical student who was visiting the 9/11 memorial in Manhattan when she saw a sign that said “No Guns Allowed.” She had a legal pistol in her pocketbook and she offered to turn it over to the cops on guard. She was immediately arrested for violating New York City law. She could go to prison for more than three years. Queens DA Richard Brown says that visitors should acquaint themselves with New York City’s gun laws before bringing a loaded gun to the city. We agree. There have been any number of incidents where shooters in other states got both guns and permits to carry them despite records of mental health problems and felonies. We don’t need more guns in the city, even if they are carried by visitors who are licensed to carry in their own state.

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