Richard Repetti [above] is a school photographer. Mr. Repetti went to P.S. 60 in Woodhaven, Queens to take pictures. “A .38-caliber handgun fell out of his ankle holster in the lobby,” newyork.cbslocal.com reports with incredulous incredulity. “Repetti did not even know the gun had fallen. Sources told CBS 2 a school staff member heard the gun clatter onto the floor and picked it up.” So Repetti didn’t know he’d dropped his gun for what, ten seconds? Well, that was more than enough to set parents’ hair on fire. Students too . . .
“What about if a child would find it?” said parent Jany Hidalgo. “What about it fell and something went off on that gun?” . . .
“A kid could have picked it up, God forbid, and shoot another kid” said parent Maria Yournet. “That’s scary now.” . . .
“I was surprised, because I really thought this was a safe school too,” said student Valentina Gutierrez, “And it’s a good thing that we have good teachers here.” . . .
“I’m really happy they didn’t tell me that there was a guy in the school with a gun, and my daughter – I’m worried,” said parent Freddy Hidalgo . . .
“I’m a parent; love my daughter,” Freddy Hidalgo said. “With everything that’s going on in the world nowadays, you’ve got to be on top of stuff like this.”
Repetti must have some serious juice to get a concealed carry permit in a state where they’re as rare as a Speed Graphic selfie. And despite the TV station’s contention that the legality of Repetti carrying in an elementary school “is a gray area,” it isn’t. The NY penal code makes carrying a gun on school grounds a felony. It does not exempt permit holders. §265.01a bans the
possession a rifle, shotgun or firearm in or upon a building or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, except the forestry lands, wherever located, owned and maintained by the State University of New York college of environmental science and forestry, without the written authorization of such educational institution
Did Repetti have a ballistic hall pass? The TV station reports that he will not be charged with any crime. BUT “his gun has been seized, and he will have to appeal to the firearm licensing section to get it back.” Good luck with that.
Meanwhile, if you ever wondered why New York legislators would pass a package of gun control laws that infringe upon the citizenry’s gun rights in such a Constitutionally egregious fashion – reread the comments above. Until New York is cleansed of its holophobia, the Empire State’s pro-disarmament pols will continue to use the Second Amendment for the human equivalent of kitty litter.
[Post updated. Erroneously cited Gun Free School Zones Act.]