John Stossel, long time TV journalist and outspoken libertarian, has done well-researched reports on gun rights in the past, like this story about lies and false statistics used in anti-gun ads.
Recently, Stossel, who lives in New York City, decided he wanted to get a permit to carry a firearm in light of recent public threats made against him. What he embarked on was an 8-1/2 month journey that wouldn’t pan out too well.
New York state has some strict gun laws, and New York City adds yet another layer of complexity to those laws. In the video above, Stossel documents the 50 pages of documents and unnecessary information applicants must sift through and attempt to comprehend right from the start.
Then you have to get the application notarized before you deliver in person to the city’s police headquarters, where applicants are fingerprinted and asked to provide reasons they should have a firearm.
Stossel then said he had to cough up a whopping $430 application fee.
When he simply went to the application office, Stossel said he waited about 90 minutes for service. But others, like Robert Martinez, a U.S. Army combat veteran who wanted to get a gun to protect his family after a man was beaten to death in front of his building, had it worse.
Martinez told Stossel he waited from 9 a.m. until after 2 p.m., just to get the application.
Martinez jumped through all the hoops and still didn’t get the permit.
“They’re attitude is, people don’t need guns, we’re the police,” Stossel says to Martinez in the video.
“The police can’t get there,” Martinez answered. “You have a better shot at winning the lottery than getting a cop on your street exactly at the same time that you get into problems.”
But you hear about famous people like Donald Trump, Howard Stern, and Robert DeNiro getting carry permits in New York City, Stossel says.
“(The red tape) is being used as a weapon to deter people from following through with the process, which could take as long as a year,” said gun rights advocate Glenn Herman. “Friends of the ruling class, that’s who gets it.”
And after nearly nine months of waiting, Stossel got a letter telling him his carry permit application had been denied, but that he would be allowed to have a gun in his apartment if he wished, because he’d “failed to demonstrate a special need.”