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Sign of The Times - January 30, 2018

As pledged by the present-day 43rd police commissioner of The City of New York -  the Honorable James P. O’Neill has kept his word respective of “overhauling” standard operational procedures within the NYPD Licensee Division.

Said undertaking was proposed shortly thereafter an announcement by the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY on, 04/25/17, regarding the arrest of several leading licensing personnel in connection with an extensive gun license bribery arrangement thereof. (see previous installment)

Aside from sweeping internal command and line supervisory changes; probably the most tangibly noticeable alteration shall concern the baseline application itself. Effective, January 01, 2018, the NYPD License Division will only be accepting on-line applications for handgun licenses, rifle/shotgun permits, and concerning renewals, at the “NYPD Permitting & Licensing” public portal.

Applications on paper will no longer be accepted. To access said portal and learn more about applying on-line, visit 

In that event, I openly applaud Commissioner O’Neill’s swift and decisive endeavor to root out and help guard against the moral perversion of integrity and overall dishonest proceedings within and about the NYPD License Division. My only regret is that he wasn't serving as Police Commissioner during my assigned tenure within said command -  spanning the years of March, 1998 through January, 2002. Accordingly, as an appointed senior investigator therein, it was my personal experience to encounter frequent “evidential” signs of ongoing subterfuge and underhandedness. Case in point. It was not uncommon reporting to work on certain Monday mornings, only to find an occasional missing case file of a “high-profile” unrestricted concealed carry applicant, initially assigned to me for complete investigatory review…unexpectedly removed from my designated, secured filing cabinet. An ensuing follow-up with supervisory personnel would sadly confirm the following suspected revelation: “Don’t ask, it’s been expedited to the 14th floor.” (standing location of the police commissioner’s office, at One Police Plaza)

It is my further wish that Commissioner O’Neill’s ongoing tenacity would one day further direct toward our local legislators; to help advocate against current loosely written applicable state and local statutes of which fail to decisively identify fundamental pertinent handgun licensing terminology. These standing ambiguously broad and undefined laws, have and shall continue to fuel the ongoing arbitrary and/or politically biased practices applied by the NYPD License Division.

In the interim, as previously stated, and until otherwise instituted…said accustomed practices shall continue to prevail as a governing system of recognized rules of law, duly enforceable by an officiated known process. On that account, advocate for justifiable change of existing law; not to breach nor wantonly infringe upon same at will.

Safely yours,

James Condoluci    



Reciprocal Integrity - May 5, 2017

In light of a recent public informational release by the United States Attorney’s Office, dated 04/25/17, as further related to questionable acts of misconduct within the NYPD License Division; I thought it proper to put forth the following relevant inference.

Said announcement has officially entitled:

“Three Former Police Officers And Former Assistant District Attorney Arrested In Connection With Gun License Bribery.”  

Contained therein shall list a host of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, extortion and other related criminal charges against named individuals formerly assigned to and/or further associated within direct reach of the NYPD License Division, as well as the Nassau County PD Pistol License Section. Said charges have specifically referenced an alleged course of actions involving the ready-approval of handgun license applications in exchange for cash payments and other non-monetary corrupting gifts – by way of select sealed criminal complaints filed within said Court’s, Southern District of New York . First and foremost, it must be further noted that as of this posting: all of the aforementioned criminal charges within these recently unsealed Complaints are merely accusations and all defendants listed therein are presumed innocent unless, and until proven as guilty. Moreover, this publication shall further contain (2) entered “guilty pleas” as put forth by proscribed individuals in ready agreement to further cooperate with the Government in relation to this very  matter.

 In that event, for those unaware or perhaps unsure of this particular quandary; I offer the following befitting hyperlink  to help navigate toward all concerning allegations and subsequently filed information’s thereof. Kindly note I have elected to post from the actual governmental agency charged with its investigative and prosecutorial responsibilities against all purported violations of federal law and criminal conduct of every conceivable magnitude – as opposed to some second-hand, commercially biased source. Moreover, it is not my intent to openly agitate, confound and/or shame anyone, nor any associated institution(s) affiliated with the applicative practice of lawful handgun ownership within the City of New York.

Rather, I do so to plainly serve as an all-inclusive “wake-up call” respective of the fundamental rule of law, along with the overall safety of our communities of which we collectively live and work within. Just as elected officials emphatically legislated for an expressed deportment of a handgun licensee applicant seeking to lawfully possess a firearm within the confines of NYS  (to wit in part: as being “of good moral character”)  - and having further charged its varied municipalities throughout the state to readily enforce this and other qualifying standards of rightful possession…so too must the assigned licensing workforce therein adhere to these very same principles of ethical and moral integrity. Furthermore, this same duty-bound sense of honor should equally hold true for persons offering ancillary guiding assistance to handgun licensee applicants, in search of further direction/guidance over-and-above what is currently publically offered. Ideally, having all concerning participators aiding in such regularly shared interactions, steadfastly rooted in an unconditional sense of honor and truthfulness – will only help to carry forward and sustain an explicit ambience of mutually shared “Integrity” within and about the surrounding enterprise of the NYPD License Division.   

Thereafter, any continued misstep, and/or further decay of the overall soundness of moral character of any given participant within the matter or business at hand relating to lawful possession of a firearm within the City of New York - be they:  applicant, licensing official; or hired private consultant thereof…will only further serve to undermine an already insidious and problematic proceeding at hand.        

Safely yours,

James Condoluci










Why train? - November 10, 2010

I am extremely honored and proud to openly declare Mr. Barry Fixler, a genuine American hero, as both an esteemed friend and neighbor. Moreover, I continue to applaud his steadfast good citizenship and numerous outstanding humanitarian endeavors throughout and beyond the ready confines of our hometown of Rockland County, NY.

As you can see from the video posted below, Barry has experienced first hand the importance of legal gun ownership and serviceable training thereof. 

Barry is a USMC veteran and has written a book that chronicles his experience in Vietnam. The book opens with the failed armed robbery and the story is threaded throughout the book. He is donating all of his royalties to wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. I recommend it. Learn more at

Safely yours,

James Condoluci

Less Dollars & Sense - June 24, 2010

The dawn of finanancial suppression is unmistakably upon us all. As we collectively struggle each month to satisfy our personal liabilities, dwindling discretionary dollars scarcely register within our wallets and bank accounts for little else; likewise with our present-day political practice. "Further spending reductions are both necessary, and inescapable." So states the Honorable David A. Paterson, prevailing governor of the State of New York, in a sobering affirmation relevant to the looming 2010/2011 NYS budget. Of late, a pervasive fiscal meltdown has plausibly placed the entire planet into a monetary stranglehold. From Athens, Greece to Washington, DC - governments are tail-spinning into further economic turmoil. Consequently, the repercussion of said action has run the gamut of outright anarchy, to imposed discontinuation of varied governmental programs and services; hitherto the State of New York. Unprecedented budget gaps have precipitated atypically advanced furloughs, expelled tenured teachers and initiated an all-embracing abeyance of community services from Alzheimer's day care centers, to poison-control facilities. Moreover, said gap-closing maneuvers have further sliced its way into the realm of Public Safety.

Already, local politicians have begun to spin rhetoric as to how closing four prisons, reducing local criminal justice and probation programs across-the-board by ten percent, and deferring state police training classes, among other things, will actually prove beneficial to the residents of the State of New York. Perhaps this may conclude as favorable for the NYS Executive Budget, yet at whose expense? By the same token, financial aid and incentive for municipalities, commonly referred to as "AIM" funding, shall remain as the principal medium for direct pecuniary assistance to cities, towns and villages throughout the state. Said communities will subsequently utilize AIM funding to effect and sustain a range of local operating expenditures. Seeking additional means to neutralize the state's monstrous deficit, Albany has decided upon an overall lessening of the aforementioned resources. Hence, the City of New York, as well as other localities throughout the state, potentially stand to lose substantial ancillary capital, a portion of which to have been earmarked for essential services, namely police, corrections and fire.

Clearly our elected officials have determined for us, it's far too expensive to sustain the significance of contentment and serenity by way of a well-fortified emergency services workforce. Furthermore, the assurance and safeness of its residents shall lie secondary to that of black ink upon a deceptively balanced NYS budget report. Therefore, it is incumbent upon every reasonable and prudent inhabitant therein, to take another look at their personal safety as related to individualized residential concerns, and/or occupational necessity. Can you afford not to?

Safely yours,

James Condoluci



It Didn't Happen Overnight - February 26, 2010

Perhaps you have recently completed an application for a NYC handgun license, and had same unexpectedly thwarted upon submission? Maybe you've placed an inquiring call as to getting started with the process and came away with more questions than answers? Or possibly met with your assigned case investigator and can't quite believe what transpired? Well, take heed in knowing the source of your frustration lies far beyond any present day disgruntled civil service worker or inundated departmental administrator. Unbeknownst to most applicants, the NYPD License Division is inherently designed to discourage. Unlike most NYS counties where a handgun license is usually granted by a presiding county judge; a comparable small arm privilege within the City of New York, shall render its concluding endorsement from the police commissioner of the aforementioned municipality, who in turn shall serve at the pleasure of the controlling mayor of said city. To fully appreciate and place this phenomenon into its proper perspective, one must consider the overall history of the City of New York - circa late 19th/early 20th century.

Out of the anarchy and mayhem subsequent to the outbreak of the American Civil War, an 1885 mayoral inauguration introduced the Honorable Fernando Wood as one of the newfangled metropolis' earliest mayors. Mr. Wood hailed from the infamous Tammany Hall, an overzealous entity that would heavily control politics, business and law enforcement throughout said period and beyond. Prior to the booming post-war reconstruction era known as The Gilded Age, the country experienced an influx of approximately ten million immigrants in search of religious freedom and greater prosperity; many of whom settled within the boundaries of NYC. Said population surge gave cities greater impact on local government, attracting power hungry politicians and voracious entrepreneurs. Simultaneously, the recent European migration brought added social turmoil by way of old world societies who readily exploited the already corrupt political machine of Tammany Hall, while local American industrialists further oppressed the already huddled masses with lower wages and exceedingly crowded living conditions.

William Marcy Tweed, better known as "Boss Tweed," who by 1867, had become the sole leader of Tammany Hall, heightened this appallingly maligned culture by use of his epic thievery. Ergo, within nearly two years time, said group was in ready position to defraud the city tens of millions of dollars, most notoriously with a construction bill regarding an extravagantly built courthouse serving as the organization's headquarters, situated on Manhattan's East 14th Street. Mr. Tweed's deceitful means were further empowered through an 1870 passage of a local city charter, consolidating power in the hands of his vigilantly chosen biased cronies. On or about this similar period of time, the roughly thirty year old NYPD was by now fully attenuated with the outrageous antics and blatant corruption of Tammany Hall, and further utilized for varied political means via awarded key departmental recognition to select partisan personnel. Additionally, the police served to safeguard strategic polling places where they would opportunely turn a blind eye toward sundry ballot box stuffing and other electoral atrocities.

Although ultimately convicted and imprisoned for various fraud and larceny charges in 1873, "Boss Tweed" had richly cultivated a wide-ranging field of unsavory seedlings, which in time, with an able NYPD assist, led to Timothy D. Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan too was an ill-famed NY politician who by 1909, had become the single most powerful elected official within the State of New York. Spanning a near twenty-six year reign of assorted state senatorial and congressional seats, Mr. Sullivan had assembled a commanding political machine of his own. Holding a virtual strong-arm over Manhattan's Bowery and Lower East Side districts by his ready ability to enable the illicit activities of indigenous dominant street gangs, Mr. Sullivan would shrewdly capitalize on and incorporate many a controversial paring amongst his cadre of pernicious personnel. A relevant instance of same would place Mr. Monk Eastman, a formidable and ruthless street brawler, together with Lieutenant Charles Becker, a defrocked NYPD official, shamefully tried and convicted of first degree murder. Hence, an archetypal day in the life of a late nineteenth, early twentieth century, New York State Senator, serving within and about the nefarious environs of the State's Twenty-Fifth district.

Preposterously, among other things, the Honorable Timothy D. Sullivan, would eventually sponsor legislation concerning lawful handgun possession within the City of New York. The dubious "Sullivan Act," converted to law on September 1, 1911. Said decree had fused newly imposed directives with existing relevant NYS Penal Code, and local gun controlling ordinances. Admitting the law was enhanced to counter the unlawful misapplication of readily available firearms upon the highly charged streets of NYC, said mandate was not without ulterior motivation and discrete objective. Specifically, an apportioned $3.00 application fee, which immediately out priced the average city resident from legally recognized handgun ownership. Ironically, said expenditure further promised by no means to ever escalate beyond its initial three dollar pricing. An additional self-imposed benefit had publicly empowered the police with extensive discretionary authority concerning the issuance of a recently devised privilege to straight off carry and possess concealable firearms. Ultimately, Mr. Sullivan had masterfully assured the full arming of his personal workforce; while surreptitiously confounding the submitted applications of any and all who opposed him.

Mercifully, due in part to a prolonged movement for municipal reform, the wanton ways of Tammany Hall have long vanished. However, "Big Tim Sullivan's"  proclamation continues to reverberate within and about the confines of One Police Plaza. To date, the NYPD License Division carries forward with the essence of the "Sullivan Act" through what has come to be known as the "May Issue" principle. Said concept yet again shall afford unhindered discretion to the department with respect to granting lawful handgun possession within the City of New York; particularly toward those seeking to do so in connection with a concerning carry business petition. This practice lies in direct contrast with a greater part of most licensing authorities throughout the country operating as a "Shall Issue" state, in which officials must grant an unrestricted carry license to any person who effectively satisfies explicit conforming measures.

As to the prevailing political direction over lawful handgun possession within the City of New York, of late there remains a pervasive sense of misconception emanating from the inner confines of City Hall. An illustration of this paradox can be found within an odd comment of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as related to a most horrific occurrence concerning the senseless death of a ninety-two year old woman within the limits of her Bronx residence. Being so noted within a New York Post article dated 10/22/09, Ms. Sadie Mitchell was peacefully residing inside of her home, when suddenly she became an adverse recipient of a recklessly fired lethal bullet by marauding street gang members battling outside of her house. Consequently, Mayor Bloomberg offered the following response: "What a sick world we have. We've just got to get guns off the streets...Sadie Mitchell is a reminder that we all have more to do." Notwithstanding the dreadful heartbreak; in this instance, my particular concern lies with the aforementioned executive sentiment's use of the nominal phrase: "We've just got to get guns off the streets." Curiously omitted is the qualifying adjective, ILLEGAL, preceding the noun, GUN. Perhaps this publicly voiced preclusion was indicative of the mayor's aspiration to relieve said streets of LEGAL guns as well?

On October 22, 2009, a subsequent investigation by NYPD detectives, revealed Jamal Blair, eighteen years of age, to be arrested and charged with murder in the second degree, via a depraved indifference toward human life, in the death of Sadie Mitchell. Although three years shy of his capability to lawfully file application for a NYC handgun license; at the time of Mr. Blair's arrest processing, I remain certain that the apprehending officers of same would have been hard pressed to come upon any concerning literature from the NYPD License Division, and/or an active NRA membership card upon his person.

Safely yours,

James Condoluci

An Open Letter to NYC Small Business Owners - October 7, 2009

Most business owners are willing to accept some degree of financial, professional and perhaps even personal risk in exchange for a profitable and thriving enterprise. The rendering of the term risk shall in part signify: "to incur the chance of harm or loss." Yet there lies a further distinction sandwiched somewhere between commonplace risk and uncertainty. Everyday risk can in fact be reduced through the insurance principal, where the distribution of the outcome in a group of instances is known. Case in point. The preparation of a thorough and well-organized business plan, shall lessen the probability of rejection by demonstrating to a prospective lender that one possesses the knowledge, managerial compliance and overall savvy to operate and sustain a successful business. Conversely, uncertainty has a penchant to reveal itself as an incalculable and dire hazard. The continuous menace of inner-city crime within and about the boundaries of a marketable business community, undoubtedly shall fuel the flames of questionability with respect to ensured personal safety and security within the confines of any given workplace therein.

Furthermore, an ever-present causative environment shall have propensity toward an impulsive outbreak of transgression against an established commercial entity. In effect, it is an underhanded opportunistic advantage, routinely taken by those of an illicit mindset prone to perpetrate criminal activity. For instance, the sheer proximity of a business to a subway entrance and/or major thoroughfare; a facility staffed with lone, elderly or exclusively all female personnel; and perhaps the most detrimental...police officers leaving NYPD in unprecedented numbers. As noted within a NYC Independent Budget Office Report, dated June 12, 2002, "the rising number of police retirements has been spurred by two major events." Initially, hiring had spiked in the early 1980's. Consequently, myself and 3,999 of my colleagues, having worked for a minimum of twenty consecutive years, were entitled to retirement as of July 1, 2001. Secondly, notwithstanding the unspeakable encounter and subsequent unremitting emotional and physical trauma of 09/11/01 - high levels of incurred overtime from this and other crime fighting initiatives had played a significant role concerning leave-taking incentives for police officers that had reached their twentieth year mark of continued active service. What's more, attrition shall single-handedly claim nearly 3,000 fully experienced police officers per year with an ever decreasing percentage of biannual academy recruits to soldier on in their absence.

Moreover, NYPD continues to struggle with the notion of spending tens of millions of dollars on recruiting and training, only to have much better paying neighboring law enforcement agencies secure its most experienced personnel. This particular phenomenon continues to date with veracity as the prevailing starting annul salary for a NYC police officer shall commence at $36,000. Although slightly improved from the previously insolent amount of $25,000. per year (as recent as June of 2008) - subsequent new hires shall see fewer offered vacation days as well as other give-backs, in exchange for the trife $11,000. yearly wage augmentation. A previous NY Post newspaper article dated April 7, 2006, has cited the current Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as strongly criiticizing the aforementioned insignificant earnings. Commissioner Kelly further stated, "This is the most pressing issue facing the city. It's not just bad for the Police Department, it's bad public policy, and it's ultimately bad for every New Yorker." In the face of this, the highly courageous and heroic members of NYPD strive to persevere in the midst of an overburdened, underpaid, rank-depleted department; that has been so uncaringly abandoned by its unions and city's elected officials.

Therefore, as a reasonable and prudent business owner confronted with an act of extraordinary personal danger, are you prepared to risk your personal safety and all that you have sacrificed and struggled for upon an emergency 911 call for help that possibly may or may not arrive at your precise moment of need? Alternatives exist. You decide.

Safely yours,

James Condoluci


Risking An Unlawful NYC Carry - September 14, 2009

"I'd rather be tried by 12, than carried by 6!" A faint battle cry often heard amongst the various ranks of law enforcement personnel throughout the country. However, unlike active & retired law enforcement officials acting under established procedure and protocol concerning weapons possession and the subsequent use thereof - a small percentage of their gun-totting civilian counterparts, duly licensed to possess handguns within and about the boundaries of the State of New York, shall sporadically tempt fate and risk an unlawful carry into the confines of the City of New York.

Consider this hypothetical scenario. A duly licensed resident of Orange County, NY, has decided to "take a chance," and place his state registered firearm upon his person during a family trip to Manhattan. As they attempt to navigate their way toward a hot new eatery on Restaurant Row, they are met head-on by an overly aggressive armed assailant seeking to relieve same of all plainly possessed valuables...and possibly more! Confronted with an imminent act of extraordinary personal danger, with no readily accessible means of escape, said licensee fires a single shot, and effectively terminates the aforesaid menace. In and of itself, a seemingly justified shooting, consistent with applicable current NYS penal statutes. In an ideal world, it would "go down" precisely as such. No divergence. No consequence. No problem. Alas, having to deal with the all too hardened realities of everyday life and all its flaws, liabilities and inaccuracies; sadly our little make-believe shooter is predestined to face a host of subsequent criminal and potential civil charges, with the severity of same dependent in part on such likely factors as: the resultant missed/ricocheted round, having caused injury or death to an innocent passerby, and/or random property damage. Lest we forget the surviving family members of our conjured dead perpetrator, accompanied by their high-powered civil rights attorney. Point in fact. Notwithstanding the overall rationalzation of the defensively discharged firearm; the collective catalyst for the aforementioned pending criminal/civil action against said licensee, shall exclusively derive from the improper transport and prohibited possession of said weapon within the confines of the City of New York. 

Let's try another set-up. Clearly, not as dire....yet, equally charged with the same associative adjudicative significance. While driving northbound upon 8th Avenue in Manhattan, a fittingly licensed handgun owner from Rockland County, NY, has carelessly decided to do so with his loaded, NYS registered firearm, secreted about his person. Inadvertently, said licensee completes a right hand turn onto W46th Street against a steady red traffic signal within the immediate purview of a marked NYPD radio motor patrol car. What should have been a straightforward "warned & admonished" situation regarding a simple traffic infraction, has suddenly gone terribly wrong for said fictitious licensee as same is arrested and charged with Article 400.00, section 6, of the NYS Penal Law, which in part shall state: "A license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver, not otherwise limited as to place or time of possession, shall be effective throughout the state, except that same shall not be valid within the City of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued by the police commissioner of that city."

Presently, the NYPD license division shall offer two certified "special" endorsements in accordance with the aforementioned state penal statute to persons in lawful possession of a comparable county handgun license, anywhere within the State of New York. The revocation, cancellation, suspension or surrender of the primary county license shall inevitably render the New York City special privilege as void. All NYC special carry licensees shall jointly carry their (NYS) county license at all times when in possession of a handgun pursuant to all concerning terms and conditions of the NYC special carry license under the following circumstances.

1.) Special Carry Business License.

Designed for an unrestricted carry by a NYS licensee who has demonstrated a fitting need to do so while acting within the official scope of a stated vocation AND whose employ shall routinely transact within the confines of the City of New York. 

2.) Special Carry Guard/Gun Custodian License.

Intended as a restricted carry by a NYS licensee, duly employed and sanctioned to lawfully perform the duties of security guard and/or gun custodian within the State of New York, AND whose services shall consistently employ within the boundaries of the City of New York.

There are a noted number of exemptions to same. Some of the more common ones are as follows:

  • Transient travel. Whereas a duly licensed individual transporting a secured, unloaded firearm within a locked container void of ammunition - passess on a continuous and uninterrupted journey through the City of New York.
  • NYS licensee so identified as a retired police officer and/or retired federal law enforcement officer, as further defined by the NYS Criminal Procedure Law.
  • NYS licensee recognized as a qualifying peace officer under the NYS/CPL, AND in such cases shall exclusively apply to the regulation firearm issued by the aforementioned peace officer's agency of record.
  • NRA endorsed shooting competition in full compliance with Artice 265.20, subdivision (a) through (e) of the NYS Penal Law.

In effect, what separates a licensee from an individual who shall arbitrarily simply decide to possess an illegal handgun, is the licensee's willingness to comply with all conventional rules, standards and relevant existing practice. In fact, your signature fixed upon any sanctioned license is an acknowledgement to readily abide and accept all applicable terms and conditions of the concerning privilege. Notwithstanding the current state of ambiguity that seems to permeate within and about the hallowed halls of the NYPD license division; one factor shall remain constant. It is the prevailing governing system of rules, recognized by a community that remain enforceable by an etablished known process. Therefore, as a privileged and responsible NYS handgun licensee; advocate to change the law...not to break it.

Safely yours,

James Condoluci



Character With Consistency - September 14, 2009

As mandated by current state and local statute, the NYPD license division remains charged with considerable responsibility throughout the progression of each accepted handgun license application within the City of New York. Among other matters, they must determine an applicant's standing with respect to the following applicable conditions: allied criminal history, domestic violence concerns, military service, psychological aptness, proper cause declarations, select mandatory firearm safety queries, and the authenticity of any and all previously applied/granted possessed certified permits. Perhaps one of the most significant of all obligated directives shall cause the license division to qualify accepted applicants as persons of, "Good moral character."

This particular scrutiny shall manifest itself in a variety of ways. Criminal background checks, employment records, residential histories, personal character references, observation and inquiry via independent analytical assessment, as well other comparable investigative techniques - are all part of the plan. Theoretically, the findings of the aforesaid sum of reviewed components should collectively yield the defining ethical disposition of an acknowledged applicant. However, having personally managed literally hundreds of handgun license petitions as a former investigative officer within the new application section of the NYPD license division, I was always taken aback by the sizeable number of applicants who readily failed to demonstrate measurable consistency with regard to honor and truthfulness within their everday lives. What is more, said propensity was further exacerbated by out-and-out  contradicted oral statements and notarized written declarations; all submitted under the penalty of perjury. A classic example of the aforementioned phenomenon would have an applicant submit several highly desirable personal chacter references, in direct opposition to an uncovered extensive criminal history, frequent job terminations, recurrent residential moves, and similar questionable inconsistencies.

The expression, "Of good moral character," should not be perceived as an adaptable tag line, handily applied whenever the need shall so arise. It is in fact a lifestyle and must be viewed as the totality of past and present actions and behavior within and about an individual's everyday life.

Safely yours,

James Condoluci


"Want" -vs- "Need" - September 14, 2009

Long before you actually submit an application for a handgun license, you should contemplate the following line of reasoning. What is the nature of my request? Are there any preconditions associated with a particular type of license? Have I been truthful in my overall evaluation concerning the necessity for a firearm? What are the implications of a disapproved application? An earnest assessment of same will help to decipher the aforementioned opposition. Notwithstanding an initial legal exclusion and/or subsequent investigatory elimination; one can simply "Want" a residential premises handgun license for the purpose of lawful home protection and/or recreational use. However, if you are seeking to obtain a premises type or an unrestricted carry privilege in connection with an established business, you "Need" to substantiate and sustain proper cause to do so. Having a clear understanding of this concept will help to avert an uncalled for disapproval. 

Proper cause, as mandadted by state and local statutes, is determined by a review of all relevant information bearing on the claimed necessity of the applicant. Said requirement may not derive from an attitude or understanding based on what is observed or thought. It must stem from justifiable crime reports that readily prove an applicant's life to be in imminent danger or subject to an inherent risk in direct connection to a stated business or profession. An example of just such a declaration shall entail documented exposure to extraordinary personal danger consequent to applicable every day business affairs, and/or the ongoing transport of substantial amounts of cash and/or valuables.

Herein shall lie the basis of misunderstanding and uncertainty. The NYPD license division is vested with a broad base of discretionary authority concerning its interpretation of proper cause. This phenomenon is further empowered in part by loosely written current state and local laws that fail to decisively identify significant fundamental pertinent terminology. Ultimately, same shall remain so broad, undefined and devoid of any objective standard, that it in the end will pose no obstacle in granting or denying a handgun license in a decidedly, injurious, arbitrary or politically biased type of methodolgy. Accordingly, the NYPD license division shall freely exploit this inopportune oversight, particularly with an unrestricted full carry application, by means of a one size fits all strategy. For this reason, a carry business applicant filing on behalf of commonplace small business concern, shall more often than not endure an impulsive and unpredictable scrutiny, simply because they lack the self-styled importance of a high profile corporate interest. Therefore, it remains essential to fully understand as well as validate your specific needs and vulnerabilities, coherently and distinctly - prior to submitting an application, and all through its entire investigative review. Doing so will not only optimize the expectation of a favorable outcome; same shall further establish an efficient and logical basis for an appeal in the event of an unwarranted disapproval.

Moreover, the denial of a handgun license application is not something to take lightly. Just as a rejected bank loan or credit card petition shall in due course find itself as an available ready stored reference within the permanent files of the three major credt bureaus; a disapproved handgun license request shall too become a lasting certified possession of the agency charged with its concluding investigation. Additionally, it shall remain readily accessible to any sanctioned court of law or authorized investigative body whereby seeking to acquire highly personalized information therein. In the end same shall stand as an endorsed record of contradiction, serving no useful purpose or meaningful resolve. This is especially noteworthy concerning an initially disapproved applicant in one jurisdiction, who in time shall subsequently re-apply within another.

Hence, an application for lawful handgun possession should never be prepared in haste nor submitted on a whim, particularly within the City of New York. Consider all readily available offered options, and place your best foot forward under the most ideal circumstances to be had.

Safely yours,

James Condoluci



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