A traveling firearms dealer will not be allowed to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense while working in New York City, a judge ruled Friday.
Arguing that he needed the handgun permit to defend against “criminals and terrorists,” who might try to ambush him while he’s out on a sales call, Cavalier Knight filled out an application with the New York City Police Department in 2014.
Not long after Knight applied, the NYPD denied his application, saying that Knight has been doing his job for years without incident and failed to show how he was in more danger than others who work within his profession.
Knight, who sells gun through the California firm Armored Mobility took the matter to court, arguing that the NYPD violated his Second Amendment.
On Friday, Manhattan State Court Judge Michael Stallings backed the NYPD, claiming that the denial of the CCW application did not infringe on Knight’s right to keep and bear arms.
Judge Stallings also rejected the notion that Knight could be a target for criminals and terrorists because he is a traveling arms dealer.
“That claim is based upon pure speculation, which is unsupported by any evidence,” the judge said.
New York City is one of the few remaining holdouts in the country with a Constitutionally-dubious, may-issue concealed carry standard that requires one to get arbitrary approval from law enforcement before one is allowed to carry.
Typically, under the may-issue standard, law enforcement requires the applicant to show “good cause” to justify one’s right to carry, e.g. restraining order, police report documenting violent threats, etc.
But residents in NYC, including Knight, may be able to take solace in a federal judge’s ruling last week that struck down the “good cause” requirement in Washington, D.C.
Like New York City, the District has long ban a bastion for draconian gun laws. But if these laws are being overturned in our nation’s capital, there is reason to believe that one day they’ll be scrapped in the Big Apple too.