By David Codrea,
In this article David looks at the flawed logic of the “Only Ones” professional enough to carry a gun, like DEA Agent Lee Paige.
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- A New York man who was targeted for death by the leader of an outlaw motorcycle club has filed suit against Suffolk County, its police commissioner and three officers for denying his application to carry a concealed firearm, Courthouse News Service reports. Sean McCarthy had been beaten and stabbed “at least seven times” by Pagans gang members “in the late 1990s,” when, as a nightclub manager, he’d refused to be extorted. The group’s leader admitted in court during his guilty plea that he’d ordered McCarthy’s murder.
Noting many of the members have served their time and have been released from prison, McCarthy applied for a concealed carry permit, which is “may issue” in New York. In this case, officials chose “may not.” And they did so in the most arrogant manner imaginable: by not checking with law enforcement officials who could corroborate the death threats; by not checking relevant records; in the case of the Police Commissioner Timothy Sini by not even reading the application; and by arbitrarily ruling McCarthy “had failed to establish ‘proper cause’”!
“McCarthy accuses the defendants of ‘delaying indefinitely plaintiff’s application for licensure, by knowingly, intentionally and maliciously failing to perform a thorough, complete and accurate background check and verification of plaintiff’s stated reasons for needing an unrestricted carry license.’”
His 29-page complaint follows:
This is what happens when states can get away with ignoring “the supreme Law of the Land” and denying the right to bear arms. It also indicates institutional arrogance on the part of police officials and officers who “have theirs” and don’t care about “yours,” fitting the definition of being “Only Ones.” That’s a term I coined after DEA Agent Lee Paige informed a classroom full of school kids he was “the only one in this room professional enough” to carry a gun — and then shot himself in the leg trying to holster it:
Although Suffolk County has unilaterally decided Mr. McCarthy is not “professional enough” to carry a gun, don’t expect them to be there to protect him should any of the gang members try to make good on their threat from years past. And likewise, don’t expect the county to assume any liability should he be killed. As attorney and author Richard W. Stevens explained in “Dial 911 and Die”:
“[T]he police owe no legal duty to protect individuals from crime.”
Besides, there’s little chance the “Suffolk homicide spike” will personally impact Commissioner Sini.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.