I got the New York blues. After years down in Kentucky, I’m in the process of moving back to upstate New York.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I would leave a wonderful free state to return to the land of Bloomberg. The answer: money. The girlfriend got a job that pays significantly more. Though she loved working for the Kentucky State Police, they didn’t pay very well. So, we’re leaving our old Kentucky home.
Now I’m faced with a real dilemma. Scratch that. It’s not a real dilemma. It’s a hypothetical one because if it was real I may be at risk of breaking the law.
Say I have a handgun. Say it’s a really nice Colt Detective Special. In KY, I didn’t need a license to possess it, nor did I need a license to carry it openly. In New York, I need both. You understand the significance of that. In New York, one cannot even possess a handgun without a license.
If I cross the state line with my pretend wheel gun, I’m a lawbreaker. A criminal in the eyes of the state.
The unlawful possession of a firearm in NY can lead to a felony conviction, depending on the circumstances. And just so we all know what’s at stake, a felony conviction equals the permanent suspension of one’s 2A rights. Not good.
You could say, well, if you have a Kentucky concealed carry permit, you’d be all set. Right? Wrong. I do have a valid KY concealed carry permit. But there is no reciprocity between NY and KY. Go figure.
What this all boils down to is that either I enter the state unarmed and without my hypothetical revolver, thus sacrificing my ability to protect and defend my family, or I knowingly break the law and carry on and just hope I don’t get caught.
The question I have is what would you do?
In case you’re curious, the wait time for a permit is approximately four months, according to the government website. That’s a long time to go without protection. Plus, one is required to register his handgun with the state.
What’s funny is the conundrum created by this registration mandate because one is required to submit the info of the handgun (manufacturer, caliber, model, type, property of) while applying for the permit.
But how does one register a gun that one cannot legally possess in the first place because one doesn’t have the permit to possess it? Good question, right? I emailed the state website and got the following response:
“I would recommend contacting the County Clerk’s Office in the county in which you are considering applying for a pistol permit,” said the state employee. “Each county has their own subtle rules and regulations governing the pistol permit application process.”
Hilarious. Oh, and you really need to check out the New York Pistol/Revolver Application. It’s ridiculous.
Highlights from the application include the following requirements: four character references, fingerprints, an investigation report by a state lackey, a photo, and an answer to the following question: A licensed is required for the following reasons:
Gotta love New York, right?