Skip to comments.The strange birth of NY’s gun laws
Posted on 01/16/2012 2:57:47 PM PST by neverdem
Recent months have seen a former Marine from Indiana, a Tea Party activist from California and a nurse from Tennessee all arrested and charged in New York City for possession of firearms they had legal permits to carry back home. All were nabbed when they naively sought to check the weapon with security.
These innocents fell afoul of the nations toughest gun laws. But few New Yorkers know how those laws came to be.
The father of New York gun control was Democratic city pol "Big Tim" Sullivan a state senator and Tammany Hall crook, a criminal overseer of the gangs of New York.
In 1911 in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon.
This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought pitched battles with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastmans, against the Italian Five Pointers. When the cops showed up, the two underworld armies joined forces and blasted away, resulting in three deaths and scores of injuries. The public was clamoring for action against the gangs.
Problem was the gangs worked for Tammany. The Democratic machine used them as shtarkers (sluggers), enforcing discipline at the polls and intimidating the opposition. Gang leaders like Monk Eastman were even employed as informal sheriffs, keeping their turf under Tammany control.
The Tammany Tiger needed to rein in the gangs without completely crippling them. Enter Big Tim with the perfect solution: Ostensibly disarm the gangs and ordinary citizens, too while still keeping them on the streets.
In fact, he gave the game away during...
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Noo Yawk Setee should have all Federal finding revoked until they restore Constitutional rights under the 2nd Amendment.
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Never been to NYC, and never intend to ever go there.......this just solidifies why.
I wouldn’t go into NYC WITHOUT a gun! Guess I won’t be going there either...Where I live (in New York state’s flyover country) when we hear gunfire, it is friendly fire!
As always, criminals are not the ones disarmed by gun control laws.
I have referenced the criminal connection to NYC “Sullivan Law” in several threads.
Amazed to see a NYC paper dare mention this, even in such an abbreviated form!
I find the line about the toughs sewing their pockets shut telling, both sides of the “Law” were criminal gangs!
Planting “Evidence” was so common even thugs figured out ways to reduce it.
Some thing do not seem to have changed much.
The NY Post is a mostly conservative tabloid.
Alcohol prohibition was used to pass the NFA of '34 by 'getting guns out of the hands of mobsters', and subsequent gun control measures have generally been linked to high profile homicides or crminal activity tied to drug prohibition.
All of it flies in the face of the 2nd Amendment, regardless of the rationale used to promote it.
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