“An elevator operator at Trump Tower claims a billionaire office tenant threatened him with a revolver after the employee refused to wait around to take him down to the lobby. Stewart Rahr [above left], who sold his drugstore-distribution company for $1.3 billion in 2010, told The Post he was with Sen. Charles Schumer outside the mogul’s 24th-floor headquarters on Nov. 1 when ‘I told the guy, ‘I’m in a hurry. I’ll be back in 30 seconds.’’ But the elevator man already had a passenger and shut the door.” Wait. Congressional gun-grabber-in-chief Chuck Schumer has his HQ in Trump Tower? The skyscraper owned by Donald Trump, recently lionized by Emily Miller for his [alleged] pro-2A stance? Huh. OK. Another question . . .
Why is the Post telling this tale from Rahr’s perspective? Surely it should be based on the elevator operator’s account. Far be it for me to suggest that the Post is kow-towing to The Big Apple’s one percenters. But they so are. To wit . . .
Rahr, a pal of Donald Trump and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, said he later tracked down the employee and chewed him out.
The worker, Rahr said, accused him of going ballistic and drawing his revolver.
“He lied,” said Rahr, the married dad of two adult children.
“His union rep called the police and said I pulled a gun on him. I never pulled it out. I have no idea how he knew I had a gun.”
Rahr, who now devotes his time to philanthropy, claimed the weapon, a licensed revolver he has owned for years, wasn’t even loaded.
“They opened it and saw there were no bullets,” Rahr said of cops.
Holy ballistic billionaire bias Batman! What isn’t wrong with this account?
First, we hear that Rahr is a “pal” of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. That explains how the former drug store tycoon secured a concealed carry permit when millions of law-abiding New York City citizens haven’t got a hope in hell of legally exercising their Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Second, Rahr tracked the employee down? While there’s nothing wrong with complaining (note: I’m Jewish), a concealed carry license holder who initiates a heated confrontation with anyone for any reason is asking for trouble. Literally.
Third, Rahr’s assertion that he had “no idea” how the elevator guy knew he had a heater and his revelation that his wheel gun “wasn’t even loaded” asks us to choose between two equally implausible statements. I choose number two, which leaves us wondering what kind of idiot carries an unloaded gun around for protection.
Police confiscated the gun and took him to Roosevelt Hospital to see a shrink.
“It’s protocol,” Rahr said.
He was sprung an hour later following his psychiatric evaluation.
So now you know: if a NYC elevator operator’s union rep accuses a concealed carry permit holder of brandishing the cops frog march him to a shrink for a psych test. SOP. Or not. Anyway . . .
Cops did not charge him, but revoked his permit for that gun and a second weapon he had at his home after looking into the matter — as well as at an Oct. 24 altercation at Nobu Fifty Seven.
He said he expects to get his permits back by the end of the week.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not angry because NYC residents don’t enjoy the same firearms “privileges” afforded Mr. Rahr. Carrying a gun isn’t a privilege. It’s a right. And unless and until the cops arrest Mr. Rahr they have have no business revoking his concealed carry permit.
But no matter how you look at this, Rahr earns TTAG’s Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day hardware. His obvious arrogance and well-documented anger control issues bring aspiring concealed carry licensees into disrepute. With friends [who have friends] like these, who needs enemies?