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Set the record straight: gun owners are not evil!


To some on the progressive left/anti-gun crowd, I am the incarnate of evil! I am a state handgun permit holder! I, like every other state registered handgun permit holder in the state, we are awaiting to be “outed” by some news publication under the guise the public has the “right to know.” You want to know about me because you think it is your right? Well, I will tell you about myself. Number one: I am a responsible gun owner! I keep all my guns secure and follow all prescribed laws of my town and county. I have been properly vetted to become a state permit holder! I am not evil! My vetting and investigation was conducted by the fully qualified and highly competent law enforcement officials at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, oh — and my permit was also approved by Onondaga County Court Judge Anthony Aloi.

I resent the fact that antis out there think that every permit holder is a crazy gun nut and we are not worthy.

Every single state permit holder goes through the same vetting process, submits the same applications, fingerprints, character references and proof of training, and of course both the state and county application fees! You see you have to pay for the privilege to exercise your constitutional right to possess a handgun in New York state! Nothing was given to me! I followed the legal process for obtaining a permit to the letter!

As a matter of fact the pistol I purchased while I was stationed in Kansas sat in the vault of my local gun shop for over 19 months while I went through the permit process! (Yes, I also went through a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms background check in Kansas to purchase the pistol.)

If the antis question my right to have a state permit, they must also question the judgment of local law and judicial officials to grant said permit. As much as the antis want to categorize us as radical gun nuts, we are all just normal law-abiding citizens that have been found worthy of possessing handguns in the state of New York! We are not evil!

Christopher M. Letham


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