Corruption & Unfairness Plague The NYPD Firearms License Division


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New York – -( New York City’s handgun licensing rules are bloated and absurd as written and adopted, and are arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory in their application. This engenders abuse of discretion. Even worse, the City’s handgun licensing scheme has, in recent years, invited outright criminal corruption in those NYPD officers whose job it is to administer the licensing process.

Stephen L. D’Andrilli, co-author of this article, co-founder of the Arbalest quarrel, and a decorated veteran police officer with the NYPD, pointed all this out when queried about the present licensing scheme in a 2016 CNN Money article, titled, “Only in New York: Bribing cops for a gun license.”

The reporter, Aaron Smith, wrote in pertinent part:

“Buying a gun in America can be an expensive ordeal. Or it can be cheap and easy. It depends on where you live.

Bribing cops for gun licenses could only happen in a place like New York. In most other parts of the United States, licenses are not even required for handguns.

‘New York City, as a major city in the U.S., is one of the most restrictive cities in the country concerning gun licensing laws,’ said retired police officer Stephen D’Andrilli, a former NYPD cop who is now a consultant for clients seeking handgun licenses.

The licensing system is meant to filter out dangerous applicants, like those with a history of domestic violence. But D’Andrilli, who extolls the ‘utmost importance’ of the Second Amendment through his website the Arbalest Quarrel, said the restrictive laws of New York have created an environment that allows a black market to exist.

‘What they’re doing is they’re creating a privilege for having a gun and licensing it and they’re creating this prohibition style system where people are paying someone off to get a gun,’ he said.”

The CNN report wasn’t the only piece on NYPD corruption in the License Division. The Daily News published, on April 25, 2016, an article by a New York attorney and former NYPD Trial Commissioner, Arnold Kriss. The article is titled, “Massive questions behind the blue wall: We need an independent commission to probe NYPD.” Arnold Kriss said,

“For the first time in over 60 years, top NYPD officials are accused of taking money and gifts for favors. Where this will go when the ship-jumping begins and the brass and others start talking to federal prosecutors — non-stop — is anyone’s guess.

This is potentially department-shattering stuff.”

And, one year to the day after the Daily News article came out, WSJ came out with its story on License Division corruption in an article titled, “Former NYPD Officers Face Federal Bribery Charges”:

“Three ex-officers and a former Brooklyn prosecutor are accused of swapping gun licenses for cash, prostitutes, guns and more.

In the scheme, so-called expediters, or individuals who charge clients to help them get gun-license approvals, bribed officers in the NYPD’s gun licensing division, according to prosecutors. These officers then approved or expedited more than 100 gun licenses, including for people with criminal histories, prosecutors said.”

Outright criminal conduct in the NYPD License Division may have been cleaned up, yet serious problems attendant to the awarding of concealed handgun carry licenses in New York remain. These core problems can only be resolved through a massive restructuring and transformation of the entire concealed handgun NYPD licensing structure in the City.

The task ahead is immensely difficult if not well-nigh impossible because the problems that beset the NYPD License Division are inextricably entwined in New York’s historical landscape. New York City’s present Mayor Eric Adams, isn’t the man to take on the task, as he hasn’t the will to do so. In fact, his sympathies rest with leaving matters just as they are.

Even as the City continues a slow burn, Eric Adams’ message doesn’t change when it comes to the issue of guns, for he continues to conflate criminal violence with something called “gun violence”. Back on January 24, 2022, the Mayor said, as reported by Fox News,

“‘We are in the middle of a crisis with guns,’ said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over the weekend.

‘You carry a gun in our city, there is no apology to you,’ Adams added.

New York state and city have some of the most strict gun laws in the country, prohibiting most people in the state to openly carry, but Democratic leaders point to guns coming in from other states as a culprit behind the skyrocketing shootings.”

One should take note that Adams doesn’t draw a distinction between guns as carried by average, responsible, rational, law-abiding citizens for self-defense, and the lunatics and criminals who injure or kill innocent people, regardless of the means employed by these lunatics and criminals. Arming the citizen is not on his radar.

From Mayor Adams’ perspective, the armed responsible, rational, law-abiding citizen is as much a threat to the well-being of the City as are the lunatics and psychopaths who prey upon them.

The problem is that New York City is far removed from being a tranquil, idyllic paradise. It is a hell-scape. Everyone knows it. Certainly, the Mayor does. But he refuses even to consider the fact that arming tens of thousands of innocent people, who wish to take responsibility for their own life and well-being, as is their fundamental right, might succeed in securing for New Yorkers a truly safe environment that, to date, has stubbornly eluded and resisted remedying.

The Mayor surely desires to reduce the plague of incessant violent crime that has gripped the City for years. Or does he? Is it just gross incompetence, or is it a cultivated habit and predilection against guns that prevent him from trying something new, trying a new tactic that accounts for his failure to get a handle on violent crime that has a vise-grip on the City?

Or is it something more alarming and disturbing that prevents him from relaxing the draconian standards that, to date, preclude the mass of average, responsible, rational, law-abiding citizens from securing, for him or herself, a concealed handgun carry license, enabling the citizen to lawfully purchase a handgun in New York, thereby providing the citizen with the means—the only truly effective means—by which that citizen can protect him or herself against violent, irrational, unprovoked, and random, predatory attack?

Is Eric Adams not unlike the Chicago Mayor, Laurie Lightfoot, and myriad others, who, operating at the behest of creatures like George Soros, see the need for and who tolerate or who even encourage a complete breakdown of America’s institutions and societal law and order so that a new global order can take root of which the remains of the United States and eventually supplant all western nation-states?

And, to that end, is it not the armed citizen rather than the armed and crazed criminal or lunatic that these Deep State Cabal actors perceive as the true problem, the real issue—the constant thorn in the side?

Is it not the armed citizen of the United States—the one inconsonant stumbling block to the creation of a neo-feudal world empire that these Neo-Marxists and Neoliberal Globalist “elites” loathe and fear most?

How can the forces that crush whole nations and their populations ever hope to supplant the independent sovereign western nation-state construct with the global “Open Society” if the one critically important prize—the United States—remains heavily armed, aloof; impenetrable; defiant to the end?

How can the Obstructors and Destructors achieve their goal—merging and submerging all western nation-states into one murky, formless blob, devoid of geographical boundaries; bereft of a defined culture, history, heritage, system of laws, and ethos if Americans, alone, of all western peoples, stubbornly refuse to acquiesce to domination and subjugation?

Clearly, the goal of a one-world western neo-feudal empire will ever be incomplete if Americans adamantly refuse to forsake their natural, God-given unalienable rights of free expression, free association, and armed self-defense against predatory man and Government.

Even now, the forces that crush are employing every conceivable means, psychologically, institutionally, governmentally, to erode and eventually eradicate Americans’ sense of an absolute right to self-determination, personal selfhood, and personal autonomy—in other words, the right to be left alone.

“The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfactions of life are to be found in material things. They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions, and their sensations. They conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone—the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 48 S. Ct. 564 (1928), dissenting opinion, Justice Louis Brandeis.

Keep in mind these words were written almost 100 years ago. Yet, they are as relevant and impactful today as they were when they were first evinced. The natural law rights bestowed upon man by the Divine Creator are eternal, immutable, inalienable, and absolute. Nothing that the Globalist and Marxist Atheists and Satanists do or say can diminish the transcendent Truth and Power of the Natural Law Rights of Man, etched in stone in our Nation’s Bill of Rights.

Americans would do well to take Justice Brandeis’ words as a warning.

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These democrats & republicans not so lucky
Troubled NY lawmakers


NYS what can you say democrats never see the inside of a jail no matter how guilty they are. Former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will not be prosecuted in the criminal case involving allegations that he groped a former aide in the Executive Mansion in 2020, the Albany County district attorney announced on Tuesday Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer will not face criminal charges The announcement, a five-paragraph statement from Michael J. Garcia, the United States attorney in Manhattan, ended almost eight months of uncertainty for the disgraced governor, whose lawyers had been quietly making their case… Read more »


but they are still after Giuliani the republican


Yep. Republican gun grabber, though.

Dogma Factor

As a general rule the more liberal a state, city or location is the more likely you’re going to find corruption. As famous liberal Chicago politician once stated rules are thee not for me!


“Outright criminal conduct in the NYPD License Division may have been cleaned up…” So, does that mean there is now NO way to get a gun license in NYC?

Wild Bill

The power to deny or to grant what someone wants has been a source of revenue for bureaucrats since … since … since the first bureaucrat!


“Just a few bad apples”

“It’s just the BATFE that’s bad”

“It’s just the BATFE and the FBI that are bad”

“It’s just the BATFE, the FBI, and the Marshals Service that are bad”

It’s just the BATFE, the FBI, the Marshals Service, and police in the big cities that are bad”

It’s just the BATFE, the FBI, the Marshals Service, the police in the big cities, and sheriffs in blue states that are bad”

“I’m absolutely livid”


Not all the crooks are on the street.
You get the government you voted for.

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cop :criminals on the prowl


No, I get the gvt a lot of A-holes voted for. A lot of those crooks are in squad cars, murdering people for “asset forfeiture” cash.

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fbi in san fran?


Malibu, California. And they ended up stealing the 200-acre ranch from the widow, who wasn’t equipped to fight them.


there are so many cases of criminal police behavior and rather than trying to fix the problem they defend it people go kiss Hitler or join the human race and stop the bad enforcers they are just mobsters in uniform


200 acres in Malibu? I’m shocked she didn’t have lawyers begging for opportunity to help her – for a piece of course. Isn’t Malibu real estate around a million an acre? 30% contingency means even a ten percent chance of winning is worth $6M – enough to put stars in hungry lawyer’s eyes.


most lawyers would not risk their career on defending these actions, it is getting better now but should never happen, government out of control


I dont know if any of you remember operation court broom? it was corrupt judges and prosecutors the two lawyers involved basically committed job suicide both had to go before the bar for turning in corrupt lawyers kent wheeler wound up suing lawyers for malpractice if you are a leaper………..

Wild Bill

The murder of Donald Scott, on 2 October 1992 by LASO deputies and the theft of his Malibu property is documented, in great detail, in the book, “The Tyranny of Good Intentions” by Paul Roberts and Lawrence Stratton. Chapter Nine.


first time I have seen you step up and admit there is a lot of bad in the blue the reason dea was formed the old department was violating peoples rights and got smacked down ,they changed the name some of the players the new game was to get locals to do dirty work that may violate rights

Wild Bill

Oh come on now. Be fair. As I have stated many times, I just think that the majority of police are good and descent people. Just like the majority of Americans are good and descent people.
Nor can anecdotal evidence prove a general rule.


Be fair. You trash anyone who brings these things up. First time I’ve ever seen you say the name of a victim of corrupt criminal cops and admit they were murdered. Keep it up.

Wild Bill

Unworthy of comment.


“As I have stated many times, I just think that the majority of police are good and descent people. Just like the majority of Americans are good and descent people.” ~ Wild Bill



there are a lot of good and decent people who happen to be police they are just not good police , there is a huge difference


“decent” [that’s what’s funny]

It’s funny that Wild Bill goes around throwing rocks with such arrogance, but he lives in a glass house with such thin panes.

Wild Bill

Bla, bla, bla. Implications. So vague that every reader has a different misunderstanding of your empty words. Typical Alynsky tactics.


No, Wild Bill, just pointing out the “good humor.”


the problem is and has always been the police wont say hey that law is not legal we will not enforce it period…civil asset forfeiture is theft and does violate constitution .it is not right to take something you cant prove was ill gotten and that judges let it happen is more despicable

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any of you wonder why a judge would sign off on this???? .. the courts share in the spoils


I agree that most cops start out as good decent people, but there are a few trite old sayings applicable to most who stay in “the force” 1) power corrupts, ultimate power corrupts ultimately 2) one bad apple spoils the whole barrel 3) lie down with dogs, you are going to get fleas 4) don’t wrestle with pigs, you are going to get muddy and the pig is going to have fun. 1) It is up to broader society to force more transparency and to punish where appropriate – including when cops mislead higher authorities. “We were heroes and rushed… Read more »


the worst thing when federal government started this some police departments set up squads that only existed to go after assets two in florida come to mind Normandy isle and palm bay they traveled the country stealing stuff under color of law

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Imagine, a “criminal” bribing the police to get a gun license. Who’d think? Sorry, I’ve got Ph.Ds in sarcasm, and cynicism.

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any different than paying them to deliver drugs?

Jim March

The oldest story on this I’m aware of dates to 2002 involving the NYPD and the two front men for Aerosmith of all people (who have a notorious drug record): This crap is also rampant in California: – there’s a story that followed this one. In 2010 attorney Alan Gura won the McDonald case at the Supreme Court and immediately filed a CCW discrimination case in the California counties of Yolo and Sacramento. Sacramento immediately settled and is shall-issue to this day from that settlement despite Yolo wrongfully winning at the 9th Circus. Sacramento didn’t want to have… Read more »


honest cop military intelligence the list of oxymorons is longer than than the bible


Roger it’s been a while. Maybe you can do a article on why the government agencies that were empowered after 911 the NSA FBI and so on. Why the ATF has become a rogue democratic tool without oversight. Are all failing on the domestic terror events we have lived through since the beginning of the pandemic. example Antifa , riots, school, shootings, blm events. The unlawful actions of the ATF and the Biden administration’s stance on why they keep insisting on using the term gun violence and ghost guns which have been coined by the democrats and the media. Both… Read more »


We hear about the BATFE every day. I’d rather hear more about the NYPD and the enforcers who responded in Uvalde.


you mean good and bad departments or just bad?


It’s funny to watch the progression as people unwillingly ingest a tiny fragent of a red pill each year. They stick their heads in the sand and refuse to watch videos of bad enforcers. They refuse to acknowledge that in the vast majority of cases in which bad enforcers do bad things, no “good apples” intervene and usually ether help, cover up, or are passively complicit. They don’t like it when it is pointed out that enforcers who help, who cover up, or who remain silent are bad. They go to great lengths to rationalize the misbehavior of bad enforcers.… Read more »


there are more useless people who want to be important than you can count the few good ones like the fhp officer i posted about they chase out the good ones the thugs are running the show think about fbi a special investigator appointed by bill clinton investigates trump till after election at which point says found nothing muller should be jailed where is investigation of hunter biden ,well you cant attack a sitting president …..what about trump ???


even the red cross is just a cash cow society has fallen a long way


Seems like any time there is a may issue clause that law enforcement seems to have a problem with issuing to the plebs without donations to their funds or campaign or just a little back door schmoozing like booze, trips, vacations, jobs for relatives and children etc.. Kommiefornia is an excellent example in multiple counties, has been documented but I am not sure if it has been prosecuted yet. Constitutional carry all across America is the only answer to a lot of our problems. The experiment is over, we did not become the civilized society that the dreamers hoped and… Read more »


an armed society is a polite society, no one will tell you what to do if they may be shot for opening their mouth for other than polite discourse.

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