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All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Finally, in the infamous Dred Scott decision, the U.S. Supreme Court showed that it shared this understanding that citizenship excluded blacks and explained the relationship between citizenship and the carrying of arms:

It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognized as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law for which a white man would be punished; and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. And all of this would be done in the face of the subject race of the same color, both free and slaves, inevitably producing discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State.

Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857)

New York Statute: § 4. Right to keep and bear arms. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one."


I am a resident of the City of New York and a federally licensed firearms dealer who also travels with Level III hard ballistic body armor to demonstrate to "law enforcement agencies" throughout the country.

As such the NYPD Operation Nexus requests that as a business owner in partnership with NYPD Operation Nexus I should report suspicious business encounters that I believe may have possible links to terrorism. The NYPD Operation Nexus clearly states:

"There is also a concern that these individuals may simply steal certain types of vehicles, equipment or materials from the inventory of legitimate businesses."

Yet when I applied for a Carry Business License for my "constitutional right to self-defense" and to prevent equipment or materials from being stolen from me I was denied a license. Whereas the NYPD stated in my denial letter:

"You claim these items are in demand by terrorists and criminals, which creates a danger for you while traveling to conduct business; however, that claim is based upon pure speculation, which is unsupported by any evidence".

I didn't "claim anything" the NYPD Operation Nexus told me that this is a major concern for the NYPD. How does the NYPD have an entire unit partner with my business to prevent terrorists from acquiring firearms and Level III hard ballistic armor that I possess from being used to support terrorism. Then tell me that any threats of terrorism are "pure speculation not supported by any evidence?" That defies logic.

Shockingly the NYPD now disavowed all knowledge of their claim of possible terrorist threats when it involved my "personal self-defense" in relation to reporting suspicious business encounters that I believe may have possible links to terrorism.

Thank you NYPD for your interest in the sharing of information but your total lack of concern for the personal danger this presents to myself is quite disturbing. I don't see how your ideology protects me at all.

Then the NYPD Police Commissioner receives a $180M grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and requests more officers to fight the same terrorist threats that the NYPD told me in my denial letter are "purely speculation not supported by any evidence." A total contradiction am I the only person that see's this?


City's Denial of Gun Dealer's Concealed Carry Bid Upheld

May 21, 2015

The New York City Police Department did not violate the constitutional rights of a traveling firearms dealer by denying his application to carry a concealed firearm, a Manhattan judge has ruled.

According to state Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman's May 14 decision in Matter of Knight v. Bratton, 101556/14, plaintiff Cavalier Knight requested a license to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense and to protect his wares from theft.

Article: New York Law Journal | Decision: Knight v. Bratton


The New York City Police Department’s Operation Nexus is a nationwide network of businesses and enterprises joined in an effort to prevent another terrorist attack against our citizens. Our detectives have conducted over 25,000 visits to firms that have joined us in this mutual effort. Members of Operation Nexus are committed to reporting suspicious business encounters that they believe may have possible links to terrorism.

The NYPD believes that terrorists may portray themselves as legitimate customers in order to purchase or lease certain materials or equipment, or to undergo certain formalized training to acquire important skills or licenses. There is also a concern that these individuals may simply steal certain types of vehicles, equipment or materials from the inventory of legitimate businesses. Whatever the method once appropriated these items could then be used to facilitate a terrorist plot.

Through Operation Nexus, the NYPD actively encourages business owners, operators and their employees to apply their particular business and industry knowledge and experience against each customer transaction or encounter to discern anything unusual or suspicious and to report such instances to authorities.

If you agree to join the Operation Nexus network, one of our detectives will explain why certain types of businesses may be attractive to a terrorist operative and provide a list of indicators specifically tailored to that business to use as a reference. Once visited, these businesses receive a framed certificate and become participants in the NYPD “Operation Nexus Network” to serve as a first alert mechanism to help protect New York City against the threat of another terror attack. It is important to note that participation in this network is not limited to New York City businesses.

Terrorist attacks do not occur in a vacuum. They require planning and preparation, such as the acquisition of certain materials or training in targeted activities. Terrorist operatives will try to obtain these in the private sector, from businesses both inside and outside of New York City’s geographic boundaries. Moreover, their approach to a business will vary, from entering a store and standing directly in front of a customer-service counter to making an electronic purchase over the Internet at a company’s website.

Link: NYPD Operation Nexus

NYPD receives $180M grant to aid fight against terrorism

April 2, 2015

The NYPD will be getting a boost of federal funds to help combat terrorism, officials announced Wednesday.

The city will receive $180 million as part of a nationwide grant program from the Department of Homeland Security that aims to better prepare local and state governments and law enforcement agencies in the event of a terrorist attack.

The NYPD will be getting the lion’s share of the cash, which will go toward surveillance and terror fighting equipment like cameras, bomb sniffing dogs and communications infrastructure, according to DHS secretary Jeh Johnson.

Money will also be used to pay for things like overtime costs for police officers and anti-terror teams at airports, bus and train stations.

“Given how the terrorist threat to the world is evolving, how the potential terrorist threat to our nation is evolving, homeland security is becoming a matter of hometown security,” Johnson said.

“The Department of Homeland Security therefore must work with organizations like the New York City police department and other state and local law enforcement.”

In addition to the money allotted to the city, the rest of the state will divvy up almost $77 million.

The grants for the city and state are part of a $1.6 billion payout the DHS will make to cities and states around the country.

Earlier this year, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton lobbied lawmakers in Washington to continue funding the financially strapped DHS during a budget standoff in Congress back in February.

Bratton said at the time that the threat of a lone-wolf attack by terror groups like ISIS are at an all time high.

Three Brooklyn residents were arrested and charged with trying to aid and join ISIS back in February.

On Thursday, two more women from Queens were arrested after being accused of planning to construct bombs made of out propane gas tanks, authorities said.

Article: NYPD receives $180M grant to aid fight against terrorism


FBI struggling with surge in homegrown terror cases

May 30, 2015

New York (CNN)The New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies around the nation are increasing their surveillance of ISIS supporters in the U.S., in part to aid the FBI which is struggling to keep up with a surge in the number of possible terror suspects, according to law enforcement officials.

The change is part of the fallout from the terrorist attack in Garland, Texas earlier this month. The FBI says two ISIS supporters attempted a gun attack on a Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest but were killed by police. One of the attackers, Elton Simpson, was already under investigation by the FBI but managed to elude surveillance to attempt the foiled attack.

FBI Director James Comey told a group of police officials around the country in a secure conference call this month that the FBI needs help to keep tabs on hundreds of suspects.

As a result, some police agencies are adding surveillance teams to help the FBI monitor suspects. Teams of NYPD officers trained in surveillance are now helping the FBI's surveillance teams to better keep track of suspects, law enforcement officials say.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton has said he wants to add 450 officers to the force's counterterrorism unit, partly to counter the increasing domestic threat posed by ISIS sympathizers.

The same is happening with other police departments around the country. The Los Angeles Police Department's counterterrorism unit is also beefing up its surveillance squads at the request of the FBI, law enforcement officials say.

Comey said at an unrelated news conference Wednesday that he has less confidence now that the FBI can keep up with the task.

Article CNN Politics

Federal Court Denies Admin. Stay In D.C. Concealed Carry Case

May 28, 2015

BELLEVUE, WA – The federal district court judge handling the Second Amendment Foundation’s challenge to the District of Columbia’s “good reason” concealed carry permit requirement has denied the city’s request for an immediate administrative stay of his ruling last week granting a preliminary injunction against further enforcement of the requirement. The District is also seeking a stay pending appeal.

Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., announced his decision this morning, and set two important dates. By June 22, SAF and its co-plaintiffs must file papers opposing the city’s stay pending appeal request, and the city must respond by June 26. This development is seen as a clear win by SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.

“The Second Amendment Foundation is pleased that the court ruled immediately against the city and has forced them to start issuing carry permits,” Gottlieb said. “By now they should realize that when we say we will do everything in our legal power to force them to recognize that people have Second Amendment rights we mean it.”

Decision and Order: Wrenn v. Lanier

Rhode Island Supreme Court Strikes Down Unfettered Discretion in Concealed Weapon License Issuance

April 22, 2015

Nonetheless, in Mosby, 851 A.2d at 1050, we proclaimed that "[a]s a matter of policy, this Court will not countenance any system of permitting under the Firearms Act that would be committed to the unfettered discretion of an executive agency." Indeed, we noted that any rights flowing from article 1, section 22 of the Rhode Island Constitution[2] would be "illusory, of course, if [they] could be abrogated entirely on the basis of an unreviewable unrestricted licensing scheme." Mosby, 851 A.2d at 1050. To prevent such an occurrence, we opined that "certain procedural steps must be employed to allow a meaningful review" of licensing decisions by this Court. Id. at 1051. Specifically, we held that, under § 11-47-18, "[a] rejected applicant is entitled to know the evidence upon which the department based its decision and the rationale for the denial." Mosby, 851 A.2d at 1051. It follows a fortiori that a rejected applicant under § 11-47-11 is also entitled to such information.

They ordered the police chief who had denied the license has to start over:

For the reasons set forth herein, the decision denying the petitioner's application is quashed. Further, the respondent is directed to issue a new decision on the petitioner's application not inconsistent with this opinion.

No showing of any special need was required.

Decision and Order: Gadomski, Jr. v. Joseph H. Tavares


Ezell v. City of Chicago

July 06, 2011

Chicago lost its legal battle to keep gun stores out of the city, and now it must pick up the tab for nearly $1 million in legal fees that the winners spent on the case.

U.S. District Judge Edward E. Chang said in a one-page ruling Thursday that he found fees associated with the lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers "reasonable." Chang, who in January declared Chicago's decades-old ban on gun stores unconstitutional, ordered the city to pay attorneys' fees and costs totaling $940,000.

The order is the latest chapter in the city's long-running battle to keep guns out of its residents' hands, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered the city's decades-old ban on handguns unenforceable and a federal judge's decision declared the state's last-in-the nation ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional. A court ordered payment in the amount of $663,294.10

Decision and Order: Ezell v. City of Chicago