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Paying Bribes to Get Your Rights Back in New York City

April 23, 2016

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It isn’t what you know that counts in New York City.  It is who you know, and how much you pay them, that counts.  Here is another example.  It takes a long time for ordinary honest citizens to get a permit to own a gun in New York City.  It is impossible for ordinary citizens to get a license to carry a concealed firearm in public.  Being New York City, that rule has exceptions.  You can get a carry permit if you make large political donations or are a major celebrity.  Those exceptions almost don’t matter since most of these people rent their own armed security details.  Lesser human beings like us have to do without self-protection .. or we have to pay off the police to get a permit.  That isn’t an accident.

Let’s put the latest events in context.  Murder, rape and other violent crimes are increasing in New York City.  In this recent case, ordinary citizens paid a man with political connections so the ordinary citizens could get firearms ownership and concealed carry permits.  What these New York citizens wanted was what we all want, and what most of us in the rest of the United States already have.  These citizens wanted the right to keep and bear arms to protect themselves, to protect their family, and to protect their co-workers.  That takes a permit application and a couple of dollars in most states.   In New York City, it takes a couple months and a pocket full of money for bribes.

Both the middleman who brokered the New York permits and the corrupt police officers were charged.

How did this happen.. again?  New York has a may-issue firearms permit scheme.  That means it is up to New York City law enforcement to issue a permit to carry.. or not.  That scheme was historically used by City politicians to deny gun permits to minorities and the poor.  Today, the may-issue system is used to generate bribes and political kickbacks.  Today’s may-issue system works for the police.  Today’s system works for New York politicians, and the system works for those with wealth and power.

It stinks to be an ordinary citizen, but, hey, you knew that elections have consequences.

I have to ask an obvious question given the history of political corruption in New York.  Is the traditional bribery system a fault in the firearms registration and permit issue program, or was corruption there all along, for years and years, exactly by political design?  You and I don’t want corruption, or should I say, more corruption, in the New York City Police Department.  It isn’t clear that anyone who obtained a firearms permit committed any criminal act other than having to ransom their rights back from the city by paying bribes.  Now I ask, who is guilty here.  Is it the politicians, judges and police officers who took rights away from honest citizens, or is it the citizen who bought his rights back?

I think the judges, police, and politicians are guilty as hell.

I’ll make a prediction.  The citizens who paid middlemen and the police will be charged and convicted.  The police officers will keep their jobs.  Most significantly, the judges and politicians will look the other way and continue the may-issue permit system.  That is how prohibition works!  The New York City prohibition on armed self-defense supports politicians, judges and cops .. who then sell exceptions .. or should we call them indulgences.  To misquote Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, corruption is, after all, “only a tax.”

Right.  And being an unarmed victim of increasing violent crime is simply another tax you pay for living in New York City.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2016 3:27 pm

    Reblogged this on The Grey Enigma.


  2. Reginald Hafner permalink
    April 25, 2016 6:29 am

    Hang them in public, after a trial by ordinary citizens of course. Corruption cannot be tolerated.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. crazyeighter permalink
    April 26, 2016 4:49 pm

    In all fairness, how did Lichtenstein know he was going to encounter an honest cop in NYPD?


  4. Alan permalink
    April 26, 2016 5:33 pm

    Well said,and unfortunate all to true. I grew up in NYC,lived there for many years too, left in disgust in 1967.I do not believe things re firearms ownership by the “unconnected” law abiding resident has improved in the least with the passage of the years.

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  5. April 26, 2016 5:52 pm

    I have been dealing with the incomptence, dishonesty and favoritism at the NYPD License Division for many years and find it as our “government” in Washington, DC an organization there to serve its own needs and those who contribute the most money. What a shame.

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  6. April 26, 2016 6:17 pm

    I was born there and lived there for 25 years. I left and became a cop in Western NYS. I see those in the city as being lower than second class citizens. Those such as DiBlasio and Cuomo have the “right” to carry [ but no need ] and they are covered by HEAVILY ARMED MEN at all times! And even the ex mayor,Bloomberg is in the same boat. LOTS of his armed guards are his prior STATE POLICE AND CITY POLICE that left to be his personal ARMED GUARDS. BUT,why would a citizen need a gun,they can just call 9/11 and pray.

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  7. Jon Stein permalink
    April 26, 2016 7:53 pm

    Outstanding article. If one person trying to buy back their constitutional rights is prosecuted then a true crime is being commited

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  8. Kivaari permalink
    April 26, 2016 9:20 pm

    I hope no one is surprised by this practice. This is just how it has been done in MOST large democrat controlled cities. The little people get screwed. Has any NYPD police officer ever been charged with bribery in regards to gun permits? I doubt it. Business as usual. In some places the cops get into bidding wars so they can get traffic duty on particular pieces of road, as the bribes extracted from the drivers is really good money. When NYPD, Boston, DC or Chicago PDs are mentioned the first thing to come to mind is corrupt cops. When we sent detectives back to pick up extradited suspects, the local cops suggested they get fake receipts from restaurants and hotels so they could get extra money from the city or county. The NY cops looked surprised when our guys said “We don’t do that, where we come from”.
    Even Tacoma (WA) PD is a corrupt place, where cops and government officials were deeply involved in prostitution, gambling and arson for hire.

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  9. Darkwing permalink
    April 27, 2016 5:27 am

    So what else is new in NY. NY is just a dirty as the rest of all elected people and the people who controls the people. It is us against them.


  10. John Isbell permalink
    April 27, 2016 7:49 am

    I don’t live in New York City, and i couldn’t because I don’t have enough money. However I would like to have a CCP if I did live there. I wouldn’t necessarily carry all the time because guns are heavy,but I would like the option to carry when I think it might be necessary.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 27, 2016 9:08 am

      John, no one ever goes to a surprise assault thinking a gun will be necessary. You decline a known invitation to a gun fight.


  11. April 28, 2016 5:14 am



    • April 28, 2016 10:59 am

      The expression most ued is “Sheeple” meaning people / sheep that are just following the liberal pile of B.S. that got them to where they are.


  12. April 30, 2016 11:48 am

    What amount of money are you talking about for a political donation? Do you have to be a billionaire to grease the machine? Would less than $100,000 even get the attention of the NYC politicians?


    • April 30, 2016 4:12 pm

      This is how it has been done of years. You have to make a significant donation. That is easiest at a local level. Become a precinct captain and donate a few thousand. Then you ask the local supervisor for a recommendation for your permit.



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