This story just keeps getting better/worse. It all started when New York’s Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services [above, top left] used his handgun‘s laser as a pointer to illustrate a Powerpoint presentation. In doing so, Jerome Hauer lasered the heads of his audience. In a secret subterranean room in the bowels of the New York State Police HQ. Where he was prohibited from carrying a firearm. This earned Mr. Hauer TTAG’s not-so-coveted Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day award. And then, weeks later . . .
Mr. Hauer responded to the firearms furor with all sorts of outrageous claims and unsubstantiated assertions. The most ridiculous of these: it was OK for him to carry where he was prohibited from doing so because he’d received verbal permission. From whom he didn’t say. And if you think that’s both a lie and, legally speaking, bullshit, today’s development [via blog.timesunion.com] will do little to disabuse you of that notion.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he is OK with his commissioners wearing weapons in the workplace as long as they have a license to carry.
Quick aside here: we still don’t know if Commissioner Hauer has a New York State permit to carry a concealed weapon. And even if he does now (what are the odds?), if he didn’t have one when he whipped out his pistol in the State Police HQ, he committed a felony. And should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, just as anyone else would be in a similar situation. Also, it’s one thing to “wear a weapon in the workplace” and another to wave it around in a conference, lasering attendees.
Cuomo qualified his statement to say he was comfortable with commissioners wearing a gun as long as they have a permit “and they’re in that field of work.”
He didn’t explain further.
Whether or not Governor Cuomo is “comfortable” with government officials breaking the law doesn’t change the fact that they’re breaking the law. Once again the gun grabbers’ hypocrisy is stunning. One law for us, another law for everyone else. Will no one rid us of these turbulent politicians? Without bloodshed, thank you very much.