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New York, NY - Bratton: Major Changes To NYPD’s Gun Permit Division In The Works After Bribe Scandal

Published on: May 12, 2016 03:14 PM
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FILE - NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks, as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio looks on, during a news conference at New York City Police (NYPD) Headquarters in New York March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid FILE - NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks, as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio looks on, during a news conference at New York City Police (NYPD) Headquarters in New York March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

New York, NY - In response to the alleged bribery scheme which has rocked the NYPD Firearms License Division, law enforcement officials have announced they are making it even more difficult to obtain a gun permit in New York.

“We are doing a top to bottom review of the license unit, the firearms license unit,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said earlier this week. “We will be making a lot of changes in that unit, have been making them.”

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NY1 reports (http://bit.ly/1sgv4ON) that one of the changes being instituted will require gun permit applicants to appear in person to respond to a series of questions. Previously, prospective candidates were permitted to use third-parties or expediters to represent their interests with the NYPD.

Bratton’s review comes on the heels of the arrest of Alex Lichtenstein, a businessman charged with bribing officers in the Firearms License Division in exchange for over 150 gun licenses for people who, in some cases, did not meet the strict requirements to obtain a license.

“I think at this stage that based on the info we are working with, we fully understand the scope of the several matters that are being investigated,” Bratton said. “And that it is a scope that we can deal with and deal with very effectively.”

Other changes will now include dual signatures for permit approvals. The commanding officer’s signature will still be required, but now, an assistant deputy for legal matters will also be required to sign off on any gun permit approvals. And current permit holders must renew their licenses every three years.
An audit is also being conducted of the entire license division, including of all 62,000 active permits. Since the investigation began, 15 permits have been revoked and more are expected to be rescinded.


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 May 12, 2016 at 03:37 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

this is the liberals way of getting rid of the 2nd amendment, through bureaucracy, just like this de bozo doesn't raise property taxes but raises assesments. Woe is all of us with this Communist and his askanim enablers in charge.

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 May 12, 2016 at 05:25 PM Americaninwhitehouse Says:

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kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

this is the liberals way of getting rid of the 2nd amendment, through bureaucracy, just like this de bozo doesn't raise property taxes but raises assesments. Woe is all of us with this Communist and his askanim enablers in charge.

No I think its a knee jerk reaction after our hiemisha yidden scammed the administration into issuing guns to hard core criminals for some greed.

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 May 12, 2016 at 06:21 PM enlightened-yid Says:

This won't stop our buffs from playing cops in our neighborhoods.

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