New York Suspends Pistol Permitting, Shuts Down Remington in Response to COVID-19

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come down hard on 2A rights in his response to COVID-19. (Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Facebook)

States across the country have swiftly adopted draconian measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including an indefinite suspension of their citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

New York has taken some of the most extreme measures. According to a phone survey of all 62 New York counties conducted by 2ANYS, a full 84 percent of counties (52) have suspended or ignored their duty to continue processing pistol permits.

Thirty-eight counties confirmed that they’ve suspended pistol permitting activities until further notice, six counties have stopped tracking whether permit applications are being processed, and two counties are no longer making staff available to process permits. One county admitted that delays will occur as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and five additional counties have already imposed a de facto ban on permits.

“During a period of crisis when entire law enforcement patrol divisions could be brought down by COVID-19 exposure and 911 response times could grow to an hour or more as a result, government agents are making it impossible for citizens to lawfully defend themselves in the home,” 2ANYS Founder Steve Felano said.

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New York also forced the closure of Remington Arms in Ilion, NY, until April 30 because the factory was deemed “non-essential.”

According to Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent J. Bono, Remington Arms payroll makes up about a sixth of the county’s total economy. The closure “will be devastating to the families of those workers,” he told the Observer-Dispatch.

Remington has already faced a difficult two years. The company has survived bankruptcy, unsuccessful product launches, and a lawsuit from families of Sandy Hook victims. The company will no doubt take another economic hit as a result of the governor’s order.

Felano recommends that rather than suspend the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers, the state should use the emergency declaration to suspend the “may issue” provision that requires local law enforcement to approve individual pistol permits.

“This would ensure as many New Yorkers as possible are armed and able to defend themselves given the high likelihood that 911 response times will substantially increase in the coming weeks and months as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens as a direct result of international, federal, and state government ineptitude,” he said.

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His fears aren’t unfounded. The New York Times reported on March 12 that responses to 911 calls could be significantly delayed if the virus spreads throughout the population. Police departments also worry that they won’t be able to respond to emergencies if their forces are depleted by the virus.

The police department in Overland Park, Kan., for example, told the NYT that they plan to train school resource officers as patrol officers and respond to fewer noninjury accidents and reports of retail theft.

“In order to maintain that 911 response,” said Frank Donchez, the police chief, “we’re going to scale back on other things. We’d be naïve to think that our officers wouldn’t be impacted.”

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Robert E Daly June 20, 2020, 4:45 pm

    Time New Yorkers Got Smart and Vote these ASS HOLES OUT of office

  • Dickwade June 13, 2020, 7:12 pm

    I know Elmer Fudd is pissed 😤 they took his gun away but now my favorite actor BUGS BUNNY is safe 🤑

  • Oscar Pearson June 12, 2020, 5:20 pm

    Time to get out of NY!

    • Raye June 20, 2020, 5:23 pm

      It sure is. This Dicktator is a 3rd cousin to Benito Mussolini, it must run in the family.Hes a sorry as as are the NY Demigods that vote him in every election. Escape From New York yeah!!!

  • Gary Addcox May 8, 2020, 4:24 pm

    Is anyone who isn’t comatose surprised? The same jerkoff politicians are once again “flexing” their flabby muscles.

  • Carolinahunter May 6, 2020, 8:25 am

    I can’t believe Remington is still in New York that in itself is stupid NY is the most anti gun state out of all the states combined!

    • Don G. June 24, 2020, 6:55 pm

      I think Remington Co. should move to Oklahoma.

  • Joseph Halbrooks May 6, 2020, 12:01 am

    LOL IN TEXAS THE ONLY FIREARM PROBLEM WE HAD DURING THE CORONA VIRUS WAS THE STORES RAN OUT OF AMMO.
    DURING THIS I WAS STILL EASILY ABLE TO PURCHASE A NEW ON THE BOX BERRETTA 92F..ALL CLEARED BY TCIC AND NCIC..
    PEOPLE IN THESE ANTI 2A STATES NEED TO STOP COMPLAINING. YOU ELECTED THESE COMMIES..

    • Gary Williams May 7, 2020, 10:21 am

      I no longer live in New York State. Joe if you ever visited New York State you would love it. It is one of the most beautiful states in the country.
      New York City and the upstate area have 2/3 of the controlling votes. The rest of the state would pretty much love to be separated from those people. They are the ones who vote in the Cuomo’s and so on. We would be willing to take any one of your Texas cities in trade. It really hurts when insinuations are made that we voted for these corrupt individuals. Thanks for understanding.

      • The May 8, 2020, 12:06 am

        If you check an election map most of New York votes red. We were out done by blue in New York City and the Capital area

      • Richard A Bebernitz June 15, 2020, 10:01 pm

        The other problem is that the upstate Republicans/conservative folks don’t get out and vote. They have a defeated attitude and tell themselves ‘what’s the use’. Down state will override us.

      • Bill June 21, 2020, 8:59 pm

        And this is why the socialists want to do away with the electoral college. Chicago dictates to the rest of the state, like many major metropolitan cities do. I have visited NY state, and agree that the country side is beautiful, but the city of NY ruins the entire state. What is that adage about, “one bad apple”? In this case one bad big apple does ruin the whole bunch.

    • Adam June 20, 2020, 11:30 pm

      Obviously not everyone voted to elect the commies!!!

  • Linda H Flores May 5, 2020, 10:28 pm

    Remington!! You are most welcome to relocate to the great country of TEXAS!!!

    • Bill June 21, 2020, 9:01 pm

      Or come to Indiana, where common sense gun laws are the rule. Centrally located in the country and we would welcome Remington.

  • Jo April 28, 2020, 8:50 am

    NY govenor has bodyguards.they have many guns..does not need to do shopping so he has many guns available and is worthless on letting us protect ourselves. He could not take caree of NY..a. fiasco and now guns…stupid

    • John May 11, 2020, 8:07 am

      Remington.
      Move to Gadsden Alabama
      We will RENAME the town.

      Remington Alabama

  • Carol Monroe April 25, 2020, 5:53 pm

    He and the bitch in Michigan should get married and have a bunch of Nazi babies! I hope President Trump can fix this too! People protested in Michigan and pissed off the monster and she gave all of the citizens another 2 weeks of imprisonment!

  • Bruce Wilkerson April 25, 2020, 4:29 pm

    Move to Mississippi we would love the jobs

  • Danny April 25, 2020, 8:40 am

    Move to Missouri we would love to have you.tesla car factory is coming to Joplin mo come on down to our gun friendly state.n.y sucks

  • Bill April 23, 2020, 2:50 pm

    Jesus had nothing against arming oneself against tyrants. He even told His disciples to carry a sword (the “assault weapon ” of the day.

  • Ken Vanderwyst April 22, 2020, 9:49 pm

    This is the type of oppression that the Revolutionary War was fought over….. excessive taxation…. loss of rights and outright oppression of the ruling party

  • Todd April 22, 2020, 4:24 pm

    As a local elected offical in Pa. I’d be glad to invite Remington to our county. In fact we are building an expansion of our industrial park. Come your welcome anytime.

  • Benjamin Jarvis April 22, 2020, 12:45 am

    We will welcome the Remington Empire with open arms here in Tennessee. It is a real SHAME that many of the original 13 colonies are now states that are doing everything in their power to destroy the very thing that many of their own founders gave their lives for. TRAITORS!

  • Jonathan farko April 21, 2020, 4:20 pm

    Wake up America your rights are slowly being taken away.from the socialist !

    • David April 22, 2020, 12:10 am

      They want to take the guns so we cannot stand up to their overbearing rules.. NOT laws.. rules. The legislature makes laws not governors.

  • Seymour Butts April 21, 2020, 4:06 pm

    Why is there a gold fringed flag behind the governors desk? Is New York under martial law or something?

  • Michael Moore April 21, 2020, 2:22 pm

    Why do all the so called Christians want to carry or own weapons? Jesus would not be carrying a heckler and koch or an uzi. Why is the 2A more important than life itself. Sounds very very hypocritical to me.

    • kevin adams April 21, 2020, 11:15 pm

      A fair and wise person would simply ask….”why do folks feel the need to bear arms?” Yet what you do is the most discriminating behavior of all!

      To take aim at Christians while excluding everyone else shows your true intent….

      My true intent is to ask you to confess your sins, ask for forgiveness, and to accept Jesus Christ as you Savior!

      That is my true intent.

    • Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator April 22, 2020, 11:48 pm

      If you read the Bible (KJV), you’ll find in Luke 22:36, “Then said he [Jesus] unto them [the Disciples], But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.”

      So, did Jesus carry a sword? Probably not. Did he tell his followers to arm themselves? I think that’s clear.

    • Vincent April 24, 2020, 2:21 am

      Before Jesus assended back to heaven. He told those that were with him
      ” Yea that have two coats sell one and buy a sword.”My sword in this day and time is a gun. Any more statements about Christians just saying go ahead and kill me because I am a Christian and I should never defend myself. Bull to those who would say such. The founding fathers of this nation were for the most part were Christians. They took up arms aganist the oppressive actions of those who held an iron fist over them. Well using fear our goverment is doing the same today with their iron fist of robbing us of our rights . They claim it is for our own good. And use the fear of this virus to suppress our rights. We can not let this go on without standing for our rights. Before the birth of this nation our founding farthers were under threat of loosing their family homes and their very lives. So do you really think life is more important than freedom. Thank God our founding fathers were not afraid. But now it is our time to stand for freedom even if it involves our death. A great leader back in the birth of our nation made it clear were he stood. He stood up in St Johns church and said” Give me liberty or give me death”. Are there any more great men like him in this country anymore. If not then this nation is dead.

    • Sharon Fredrick April 24, 2020, 6:30 am

      So called Christians want to carry or own fire arms? Where did that come from? Because some have said gun ownership is a God given right?! Except for criminals, t doesn’t matter who wants to own a fire arm. It IS our right. The constitution says so. The media is good at only publishing the harm guns can cause when a criminal uses them but will almost never publish the incidents where a gun owner saved someone else or themselves from harm or death because they possessed a firearm. All to try and prove their opinion is the right one. People have gone overboard in their attempts to demonize firearms and the legal owners of them. So overboard that students have been suspended from school for simply posting a pic of themselves holding an air rifle or attending a gun firing range with their dad. Not on school property. Not during school hours. School administrators are looking thru the personal F.B. accounts of their students and when they find those kind of posts are suspending that student. Over kill personified. Criminalizing a kid for doing nothing wrong or even harmful just to try and make their point. If you don’t want to own a gun, then don’t buy one. But if you are ever attacked or accosted by a criminal, don’t run my way cause you know I own a gun and can protect you, run to the school administrators who suspend kids for doing nothing wrong. See if they can help you.

  • Bobbie Buckley April 21, 2020, 1:51 pm

    Guns have nothing to do with the containment of the virus. It has nothing whatsoever to do with it. It’s just a way to take away our rights. President Trump needs to talk to these governors. I know he can’t agree with this.

  • bryan April 21, 2020, 8:36 am

    Wish someone had told us….I’m sitting here at my desk with nothing to do!

  • Gary Searing April 20, 2020, 9:05 pm

    How does pistol permits, and a firearms manufacturer have any bearing on COVID 19? This is total bullcrap! Just more of the socialist Democratic parties attempt to destroy our constitution!

  • Theodore Guy April 20, 2020, 8:50 pm

    Hi I’m not from America… listen to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

  • Trevor Humphreys April 20, 2020, 7:32 pm

    That’s great I did everything I had to do by the law. And still get screwed over for being a law abiding citizen. And now people know we can’t defend ourselves or families. So we are being lead to the slaughter. GREAT

  • Lincoln April 20, 2020, 2:27 pm

    When seconds count the cops are just minutes away now, what’s gonna happen if most of them get the flu? Best have some protection around.

    • HEART OF TEXAS April 21, 2020, 3:07 pm

      When seconds count, we’ll be by tomorrow to take a report, maybe.

  • Robert Kenneth Pavlick April 20, 2020, 1:15 pm

    So just when home invasions may be on the rise due to shortages, the governor takes away citizen’s only means of self-defense ????

    • Donna Duell April 21, 2020, 8:09 am

      Only means of defense? He hasn’t taken your guns…yet. I realize it sure looks like the beginning something very unconstitutional.

  • Smoke-wagon April 20, 2020, 1:13 pm

    Everyone has heard that old saw about “guns & outlaws”. I wonder if King Cuomo knows how many “outlaws” he’s making…

  • Ericm April 20, 2020, 10:20 am

    This is totally unconstitutional to obstruct the ability to legally own/purchase a firearm. This is prof why constitutional carry would work. God bless our Country

  • bradford reed April 20, 2020, 5:59 am

    making it easy for the mafia to exploit citizens

  • John R. Bloxson Jr. April 19, 2020, 11:39 pm

    We have Police that will not respond in a timely manor to break ins, we have Police actually refusing to respond to some neighborhoods because the dangers are now too riskey yet now you can’t even get a permit to buy self protection, and when Remington offers to make the Supplies needed to combat Covid-19 Coronavirus the New York Governor refuses them this guy Cuomo has placed every person in New York in more danger how evil is that?

    • Rod Eckhardt April 20, 2020, 6:29 am

      N. York Governor is absolutely wrong

  • Jeffrey Martino April 19, 2020, 9:06 pm

    your unamerica!!! its the right of the people for the people to keep the 2nd amendment from tyranny

  • Eddie felton April 19, 2020, 7:22 pm

    They’ll leave NY just like Beretta left my communist state of Maryland…..

    • Ernest Lundy April 20, 2020, 8:12 am

      They’re welcome here in SC.

  • russ April 19, 2020, 5:55 pm

    I am more worried about our government becoming a Chinese style government then about a virus from China

  • Phil April 19, 2020, 5:17 pm

    Refusing to register or allowing the licensing of weapons will not stop them, the difference is you just wont know who has them. What a complete idiot.

  • Travis April 19, 2020, 4:42 pm

    This is the time we need to make a run on the local governments who violate our GOD given rights, with the current temperament people are very pissed off. Local and State governments need to pull their heads out of their azzez & not mess with the Constitution and freewill. We have the right if needed to change the government (Local & State) by vote or by force.

  • P April 19, 2020, 1:30 pm

    It’s time we gather together to do something about this!!!

    • Oaf April 19, 2020, 8:44 pm

      Yea, leave New York!

      • Sharon Fredrick April 24, 2020, 6:41 am

        Great answer. Leave New York. Yeah, that will solve the problem. Idiot.

  • Steve Smothers April 19, 2020, 12:51 pm

    This seems to be a direct violation of 2nd Amendment rights. How can they force Remington to shut down? Using the guise of “non-essential businrss is a load of 💩. And why isn’t Remington pushing back on this, or are they?

    • Jim April 20, 2020, 3:25 am

      Time to remove idiot Governor Cuomo from New York

    • Trevor Humphreys April 20, 2020, 7:39 pm

      All our Rights are going away. The virus is just giving them a excuse. To change us to slave society.

  • Merrill S Henderson April 19, 2020, 10:34 am

    On top of the stupidity of the entire article and the way NY is treating this pandemic as their personal stomping ground to trample the rights of citizens, I find the little comment about how some departments are training School Resource Officers to investigate accidents and other law enforcement work. I am not clear about NY, but in most other states a School Resource Officer is a trained Law Enforcement Officer merely assigned to school duty so no training would be required for them to do their duty.

    • Torpidking83 April 19, 2020, 6:45 pm

      That’s exactly what school resource officers are in NY also. They assign local PD for them. Makes me wonder how much of this article is actually true. I have several friends on the police department that have been assigned to resource management at the schools. I dont believe 1/4 of the crap I read on fb anymore. If it’s not politically motivated it’s a straight up lie or someone trying to start sh*+. On the other hand all the pistol permit locations in every county building are shut down as non essential. I’m an avid gun owner so knowing the POS cuomo is against anything 2nd amendment doesn’t surprise me. This is why we are pushing to split away from down state NY and become our own state.

  • Warren Ducote April 19, 2020, 8:07 am

    Remington needs to move operations to Texas.

    • HEART OF TEXAS April 21, 2020, 3:18 pm

      Bring it on down t o Lockhart, Texas. Plenty of room to grow and people who believe in the 2A.

  • Sanxdman April 18, 2020, 11:40 pm

    This Proves permit process its self is unconstitutional

  • Robert Abbott April 18, 2020, 6:48 pm

    My permit is the 2nd amendment!! Everything else is unconstitutional!! From my cold dead hands!!!

  • David Weaver April 9, 2020, 3:38 pm

    Were can I legally buy a gun in central PA?

    • Fuck cuomo April 18, 2020, 3:18 pm

      This is in straight violation of the constitution therefore making New York state a tyrannical government.

  • Susan April 9, 2020, 11:37 am

    I do believe that he is non-essential, all he can do is complain instead of giving hope and encouragement. What a dickweed!!

  • AmazedHuman April 9, 2020, 10:10 am

    Are the elected Democrats seriously thinking America is so stupid we can’t see through these weak excuses Cuomo gave for gun control? Draconian response to this Chinese Virus, overstepping authority, controlling citizens…they want no more resistance than possible from people. This is all outrageous. It’s a dying political party taking full advantage of this virus. These are sick individuals, anti-Americans to the core, and if anyone fails to understand this, they need to have their tiny brains recharged into something workable.

  • ROBERT C PHILLIPS April 9, 2020, 8:44 am

    If the state of NY is going to suspend the process by which you protect your home and family legally, there is only one alternative. “Illegal” protection of your life, family, and home. If I felt at risk, I wouldn’t hesitate to use a weapon that has not been properly registered. Not for one second. Cuomo’s actions would anger me, but they would in no way alter my response in a life or death situation. Better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.

    • Joseph E Storie April 18, 2020, 6:08 pm

      this also violates my first amendment

    • Jor April 19, 2020, 8:48 am

      Shoot shovel and shut up

      • HEART OF TEXAS April 21, 2020, 3:20 pm

        40 acres and a backhoe.

  • Jim McLaughlin April 3, 2020, 11:32 am

    I wonder if Andrew Cuomo realizes that the Remington plant in Herkimer can make a whole bunch of the parts needed to assemble “ventilators”, parts that both GM and GE can’t make and that GM and GE are unable to readily acquire from their subcontractors?

    Serious manufacturing is a lot more complex than sitting at a desk in Albany , and the supplu chain is looooong.

    • Douglas April 19, 2020, 1:38 pm

      Remington Arms did offer to help the state by asking King Cuomo if they could build ventilators. He refused there help does that tell you anything he just trying to distroy a gun manufacturing plant that employs many. He has to be booted out of office

  • Brian March 28, 2020, 1:00 pm

    Remington is stupid to keep its factory and headquarters in NY. I hope they close and move to a gun friendly state and don’t take a single New York employee with them. Give those jobs to residents of the state they move to.

    • James March 31, 2020, 10:06 am

      What do you have against the workers at Remington?? They are not the problem….

      • David rodriguez April 3, 2020, 6:09 pm

        sheep think is the reason new york got so bad the workers are part of the problem.

        • Ben Anderson April 19, 2020, 12:47 am

          You are very obviously talking out of your ass and have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about! The entire state of NY is dictated by New York City; laws, policies, regulations, and politicians are all determined by the city due to its population density. They also take a majority of the states tax dollars. Outside of the city, a majority of the state’s citizens are strong advocates for the 2A. Many counties, including mine, have even taken on designation as 2A sanctuary counties. In fact, there has been a continuous, so far unsuccessful, effort to divide the state into 2-3 self governing regions often referred to as “New Amsterdam.” Since the state almost always falls left because of the city, while the rest of the state leans right, we are left without a voice. It is abundantly clear to us why our founders based our election on an electoral college. A system governed by the masses would leave us all controlled by a few large cities. So please, don’t throw good Americans who advocate and fight for our constitutional rights under the bus like that. We have to deal with bullshit like the “safe act” and other attacks on our freedoms far more directly and frequently than states without. Instead, stand with us, fight with us, and don’t let them tread on me!

    • Ed Caf April 3, 2020, 7:37 am

      I agree 100%, move those jobs and tax dollars out of the state asap. Same in Connecticut.

  • BIGKIELBASSA March 27, 2020, 3:58 pm

    My life IS essential. So that makes me having a gun ESSENTIAL . Unlike dumb ass liberals who already have ARMED body guards . I must protect myself with my gun . Especially when liberals are letting out violent criminals from jail early now putting me at risk . Guns ARE ESSENTIAL AND A RIGHT .

  • Ted March 27, 2020, 3:50 pm

    Since Cuomo has been so vocal about the Defense Production Act, Trump should ORDER Remington open under that act , just to stick it to him ! One of the happiest days in my life , was the day i left NY for good !

    • Jon Weyant April 10, 2020, 11:20 pm

      New York is absolutely making some gigantic mistakes. Criminal element is going to have weapons and they are going to use them to do home invasion and hurt people and murder

  • srsquidizen March 27, 2020, 3:12 pm

    This gives new meaning to the old adage that’s always true even in the best of times: “When you have seconds to live, the police are only a few minutes away.” Now it might be “When you have seconds to live, the police are only a few emergency calls in the queue from starting to head your way.”

  • zulu302 March 27, 2020, 12:51 pm

    Tennessee is the place you should be.

    • Ellen Roddy April 20, 2020, 11:36 am

      You bet!

  • Easy Eddie March 27, 2020, 11:24 am

    Dear Remington,

    You’d love the Black Hills here in South Dakota. We’d love to have you here.

  • E T Gwynn March 27, 2020, 10:54 am

    My bet is that Ilion, NY, is about to be one business down.

    • Jon Weyant April 10, 2020, 11:16 pm

      This government is on crack and we are in it for the ride

  • Rouge1 March 27, 2020, 10:08 am

    Never let a crisis go to waste.

  • TJ Reeder March 27, 2020, 9:52 am

    Dear Remington
    You should not be closed down and likely wouldn’t be but you can’t seem to understand that you need to pack up and move your ass to a real gun friendly state. Texas and Oklahoma come to mind. In fact any gun company that hasn’t moved out of those anti-gun states should be boycotted by gun buyers. Yes you’ll likely take a hit but the tax breaks alone should make up for it.

    Several gun related company’s have made the move to Texas and are thriving.

    Wake up and smell the coffee. Your remaining in places like NY is only giving aid and comfort to the anti-gun crowd.

    I have one Remington gun and I’ve had it forever but it’s my last one until my money doesn’t go to support the liberal gun haters in NY government.

    • Ted March 27, 2020, 3:55 pm

      South Carolina would love to have you move in and open shop in this Gun FRIENDLY STATE !
      PTR is 15 minutes away from where i live , we got them from CT for the same reasons..COME ON DOWN.

    • George April 7, 2020, 12:26 pm

      Maine would love to have Remington – and we have numerous choices of vacant manufacturing facilities that would be ideal. Maine – the way life was meant to be!

  • Hendrik Joseph Haan March 27, 2020, 9:05 am

    Remington should consider moving to FL or TX.

  • Karl Barr March 27, 2020, 8:13 am

    Some of you folks will find evil liberal conspiracy to harm you and your guns in anything. I’m a gun owner who values his rights as much as the next guy, but reducing non-essential government services (such as processing gun permits) to lower the number of folks working in city hall and closing stores that sell guns is smart…..its not some stupid sinister plot. Try exercising a little independent thought for a change.

    • Boss March 27, 2020, 9:00 am

      yeah, I got mine, you don’t need a gun. And there you have part of the problem!

    • Gregory Romeu March 27, 2020, 10:04 am

      Obviously you aren’t as intelligent as people like Benjamin Franklin or people would be quoting you?

      “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

    • Rouge1 March 27, 2020, 10:06 am

      I call bs. You are just another lying leftist scumbag.

      • Walter Hresent April 9, 2020, 1:53 pm

        Agreed

    • AK March 27, 2020, 10:23 am

      “Try exercising a little independent thought for a change.”

      As opposed to taking Mr Soros’ 30 pieces-of-silver-per-post?

    • Ted March 27, 2020, 4:00 pm

      I might agree with you IF you were able to purchase a handgun WITHOUT a permit or PURCHASE DOCUMENT. HOWEVER, NY state will NOT allow you to purchase or even POSSES a pistol without a “permit” AND “Purchase document” ! THAT IS A DE-FACTO BAN !

    • Bob March 28, 2020, 2:29 pm

      Karl, you don’t get it, “mother may I”, should not be part of this transaction. We should not be dependent on any Gov. agency deciding weather or not they want to do their jobs in order to obtain a gun. This is exactly why a background check can never be anything but instant. If the agency decides to shut down then the customer gets the firearm. Before you panic, remember their never used to be a background check at all. The rights of Americans can not be dependent on a government agency. Are your TV stations going black because the FCC is furloughed? Nope, the 1st amendment will not allow it and the 2nd should not either.

    • Shan March 28, 2020, 7:16 pm

      I’m glad there are liberal government officials out there to tell me what’s essential. I won’t have to exercise any “independent thoughts. “

    • Ed Caf April 3, 2020, 7:40 am

      Try again genius…I’m actually in the middle of the process to get a handgun permit in Suffolk County, NY, they actually have a dedicated staff that just does that….so what’s your point? Throw them out of work?

  • Gus March 27, 2020, 7:54 am

    All the better to control you with, if you can’t fight back, you and your families fate is in someone else’s hands. The Holocaust is proof of that, over 6 million times proof. Once that’s gone it’s just a matter of time.

    • Grady March 27, 2020, 12:06 pm

      Yes Hitler and the Holocaust killed over 6 million, but do not forget that Stalin killed 10 million Russian and Ukrainians and Mao killed 20 Million Chinese. And what was the main weapon of all of them, “Gun Control”.

  • Dr Motown March 27, 2020, 7:35 am

    NYC, bastion of liberals, will be heavily ravaged by the virus….you will soon have bigger problems on your hands, Fredo. Good luck once the police start going down with the illness and social order breaks down

    • Ed CAf April 3, 2020, 7:42 am

      Fredo is actually his brother Chris, who already has the virus, King Mario of New York would be more like Michael Corleone.

  • Paul March 27, 2020, 7:34 am

    My question is, “what is a bigger threat to the future of our nation; the Coronavirus? Or the liberal progressives in various positions of power? I mean, I see that as a question that all patriots need to ask themselves.

    • Gregory Romeu March 27, 2020, 10:08 am

      You look back over the past 250 years alone and look at ALL the DISEASES, NOT “viruses” that we have erradicated in this country alone and all I see as the BIGGEST threat to our freedom, liberty and sovereignty? COMPLACENT CITIZENS that do NOT take the time and effort to maintain their go ernment officials on ALL levels of government!

  • tom March 27, 2020, 7:27 am

    I agree with the above pro 2nd. amendment commits , but shame on anyone who wasn’t prepared for this or any other disaster. You have to plan ahead.

  • Larry Doan March 27, 2020, 6:59 am

    Democratic leaders are still finding ways to hurt second amendment rights by shutting down jobs. Their not concerned disease just controlling people rights to work and make a living to provide food and medical care. Don’t be fooled by propaganda and false statements trying to convince you the government knows best. They lie in one ear Going in and kick you when you’re down coming out the other end. And keep kicking you afterwards till they have full control your life doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with them. What does that sound like to you. Romans, communism, socialism. Come on people! Give small governments a inch they will take a mile?

    • Rouge1 March 27, 2020, 10:07 am

      Never let a crisis go to waste.

  • Bad Penguin March 27, 2020, 6:51 am

    Notice the governor has a big smile on his face as he signs the order. The commie has been wanting to do this for a very long time.

  • Guido March 27, 2020, 6:20 am

    Dammit, these reports seem to become more sobering as I go through them.

    I wonder what the potential “next step” might be after all “2nd A” (used to be) “Rights” are suspended…..Hmm… What could a commie libtard prez. wannabe do to graphically illustrate he is a “strong and fearless leader”….. That’s some scary stuff. Thank God I live in Texas.

  • Phiil Erup March 27, 2020, 4:21 am

    And Coumo gleefully suspends the first amendment and jails anyone not pushing his liberal orthodoxy during this “crisis”.

  • Johnnie Arnold March 24, 2020, 7:41 pm

    2d amendment rights being violated.

  • Dennis Flanders March 24, 2020, 2:18 pm

    First, it is my sincerest hope that no one anywhere is ever faced with a real and present threat to their lives or well being (including loved ones, neighbors, and other innocents). For a great many people the aftermath of a lethal response to a lethal threat may have devastating consequences, both financial (if faced with the need to defend oneself from prosecution) and psychological if the outcome results in the taking of another’s life – justified or not. I also hope that we are all able to stay healthy or able to return to good health if infected.

    With that said I am a realist and I understand that our current situation has the potential to present dangers other than the developing heath risks during this crisis. When people panic, when people become desperate, and when criminals see growing opportunity the potential for violence increases. This crisis has the potential to bring violence to anyone, even those whose life choices have thus far have, under normal circumstances, effectively mitigated this potential. Save for a limited few we all face a greater potential to be witness to, or victims of, violence, violation, bodily harm, or loss of life.

    With this knowledge, and given the crisis we currently face, it is safe to say that right to keep and bear arms is essential, and is viewed as such by many who previously regarded this right as a danger just weeks ago. We also know that politicians who seek to limit the peoples means to keep and bear arms know that the people affected by their policies / mandates are more likely to find themselves in need of means to defend against violence during this crisis. Such politicians are using their elected office to further their personal agendas while knowingly placing defenseless people in harms way. This is a breach of oath, an abuse of power, an assault on the constitutionally enumerated and protected rights of the individual, and a disregard for the lives and well being of their constituents.

    This particular news article is but one example of such abuse that is occurring in many states, counties, and cities in the United States, and in most cases there is no legal recourse. There are many people who were once opposed to private ownership of firearms who recognized the value of this essential right just in time to be too late to exercise this right.

    We must remain vigilant. More than ever it is important to call or write (email) our elected officials and let them know how we, as their constituents, wish to be represented regarding, but certainly not limited to, our second amendment rights. We must vote in all elections in defense of our Constitution, for without it our protected rights (those principals that define us as a free people) we are simply subject to the whims of elitists who are unaffected when our rights are restricted or eliminated. Given the impact to all infrastructures politicians seem to feel emboldened to push their own agendas and indeed we are hamstrung a bit as we are likely to see less public hearings on proposed legislation and we may not be able to safely or responsibly demonstrate in numbers due to the potential for increased infection rates between participants and the people they interact with following).

    More so, we must be ready to provide defense for those near us who cannot defend themselves should the threat of violence become more likely (or already exist) in our communities. Law enforcement is already unable to respond fast enough to provide defense, and this is not a required function of law enforcement besides. Their ability to respond will be ever more impacted as this crisis plays out, thus rendering them useless as a defense against violent offenders in all but the rarest of circumstances. As it stands we are a population facing an indefensible epidemic with the potential for unprecedented for our time (the Spanish Flu pandemic was the last time humanity faced, and that was a bit more than a 100 years ago).

    We cannot open gun stores that have been closed by mandate. We should not disregard the laws already in place excepting perhaps for a present threat of loss of life or bodily harm. Though not of primary concern during this crisis the peoples view of private ownership of firearms may well shift for many. Being in good legal standing (e.g. providing no fuel for anti-gun elected officials) at the end of this crisis may just serve as a turning point for the Second Amendment (I’ve obviously shifted back to optimism but what can it hurt in a time of crisis.

    Be well and stay safe! 🙂

  • Grampy Tom March 24, 2020, 12:36 pm

    The only difference between Cuomo and Mussolini is that Mussolini made the trains run on time! All liberals must be punished for their treason.

  • Roxane March 24, 2020, 10:38 am

    This has gotten out of hand. Not a fan of our Hitler in charge. This has nothing to do with this Pandemic!

    • Rouge1 March 27, 2020, 10:12 am

      You sound like an uninformed nasty hag. Do you really know who hitler was? The demonkkkRATS are closer to Hitler than the person you are referring to.

  • Tim March 23, 2020, 11:24 pm

    We should be doing completely the opposite in time of mass crisis and panic ! But not in Liberal states bc common sense doesn’t exist with these fucktards ! God forbid NYers be able to protect themselves from thieves robbers!!!!! These ass holes care more about the criminals than the middle working class that pays their fucking salaries !!!!

  • Joanna Johnson-Smith March 23, 2020, 10:26 pm

    The UNCONSTITUTIONAL Scumbag is at it again!! Look at him SMILE!

  • Good citizen March 23, 2020, 8:15 pm

    This is ridiculous!!! How does this help a cold virus?? People-enact order 66 now!!!

    • Blasted cap March 27, 2020, 7:33 am

      It’s not just the 2A. They’ve been wiping their asses with the Constitution for years. The entire Bill of Rights has been a joke to them for a long time.
      Now they have a sewer pipe big enough for it to fit down and they’re going to use all their jackbooted thugs to pull the handle.

      • Rouge1 March 27, 2020, 10:18 am

        The right to assemble freely has been suspended as well in many places. It just goes to show that constitutional rights are an illusion and that they can be suspended any time a politician has the urge with no consequences. Not one government goon will be charged or ever has been charged for violating the law of the land.

  • MikeAmoia March 23, 2020, 8:10 pm

    What has this got to do with the virus.

  • John Lincoln March 23, 2020, 7:46 pm

    I’m not going to defend Cuomo, but this is FAKE NEWS. States across the country ARE NOT suspending 2A rights. Cuomo did NOT, to my knowledge, suspend permit applications in NYS. The counties have done it in many states because of the close proximity needed to do fingerprinting and, the LEO’s have other priorities right now. Remington is a non-essential business at this point in time and was shut down just like other non-essential businesses in NY to help protect public health. There is no there there, and this is just fake news and poor journalism designed to appeal to gun owners, of which you can be very sure I am. Shame on you!

    • S.H. Blannelberry March 23, 2020, 8:59 pm
    • Grampy Tom March 24, 2020, 12:34 pm

      The key to mr. Lincolns comment is “to my knowledge”. The same weasel words used by all liberals and politicians who think they may be caught in their lies. Plausible deniability. The only difference between Cuomo and Mussolini is that Mussolini made the trains run on time! All liberals must be punished for their treason.

    • Trevor_Phillips March 27, 2020, 3:18 am

      Spoken like a true braindead libtard.

    • Chris C March 27, 2020, 8:15 am

      Well your knowledge is decidedly lacking. This has nothing to do with processing new permit applications or fingerprinting people. This is about people who already have permits not being able to buy handguns. Because of the ridiculous laws NY has when we want to buy a handgun we have to go to our county clerk and have them add the gun to our permit and give us a purchase coupon for the FFL, so they can let us have the gun. Cuomo deemed the clerks roles nonessential, thus stopping all handgun purchases in the state. Those were never face to face transactions, they are behind glass walls and don’t have physical contact with customers. He then declared all gun shops and sporting goods stores as nonessential, effectively stopping all long gun and ammo sales as well. This is all about King Cuomo and his anti gun BS, all in the guise of public health.

    • Rouge1 March 27, 2020, 10:20 am

      You lie. The first amendment has also been suspended in many areas as well. You must be government educated?

  • Ernest Stephens March 23, 2020, 7:41 pm

    He’s such a fucking dumb fuck. Hope he takes long walk

    Off a short Pier Bastard

  • SuperG March 23, 2020, 4:36 pm

    They’ll use any excuse to deny Americans their rights.

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