Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life

By , on February 20, 2011

Firearms, Opinion

The New York Times reported last Friday that Mr. Spinelli, a jewelry store owner, pulled a gun from the safe he was forced to open by a robber who was holding a gun on Mr. Spinelli. Mr Spinelli chased the three robbers and in doing so, shot one of the derelicts in the leg. The prosecutor has decided not to indict under the criminal statutes of New York State.

Unfortunately, the gun Mr. Spinelli used was licensed in Westchester county, not NYC. This is an administrative violation according to the NY Times; my guess is that he will be charged with a misdemeanor. New York State needs to change its laws such that a gun registered in any county is registered in all counties. The distinctive gun laws of New York City are a disservice to the citizens of New York City and are an anachronism. Going a step further would be greatly appreciated by many; guns in a person’s home or place of business shouldn’t need to be registered at all. NYC needs to honor the recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court, both literally and in spirit.

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