From the Albany Times Union:
Jerome M. Hauer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s director of homeland security, took out his handgun and used the laser sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer in a presentation [?!?!?] to a foreign delegation, according to public officials. It happened Oct. 24 in Albany at the highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.
These officials, one of whom claimed to be an eyewitness, said that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point. [?!?!?]
Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was disabled by a stroke a few years ago and can be unsteady. He isn’t a law enforcement official. He carries the loaded 9-millimeter Glock in a holster into state buildings, an apparent violation of state law barring state employees from bringing weapons to the workplace, several witnesses say. [I, for one, am grateful to our elitist liberal overlords.]
Asked about the matter over the course of several weeks, Cuomo’s press aide promised to look into it but has repeatedly had no comment. Hauer’s communications officer, Peter Cutler, also promised to look into it, but he has declined to respond beyond saying he is unaware that it happened. “I’ve heard rumors,” Cutler said.
I would be in favor of stricter gun control laws…. for this guy!
Need a laser pointer? No prob. Just USE YOUR GUN?!?
Okay, realizing that you have to give a presentation and you forgot your laser pointer…. walk over to the map and use your damn finger!
The hair stood up on my arms as I read of this stupid stupid stupid lapse of attention and discipline. Assuming the man had any training, that is. I can easily imagine that he, as one of the state’s liberal elite, was handed his CCW license without any of that tiresome gun safety course and training falderol.
Meanwhile, my law-abiding friends in New York find it nearly impossible to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights because of people like these.
UPDATE 6 Jan 0031 GMT:
In other news, from CBS:
Judge Overturns Chicago’s Ban On Gun Sales, Keeps It In Place For Now
CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge has potentially opened a new market to gun dealers after ruling as unconstitutional Chicago ordinances that aim to reduce gun violence by banning their sale within the city’s limits.
U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang said Monday that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it’s also obligated to protect constitutional rights, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. However, Chang said he would temporarily stay the effects of his ruling, meaning the ordinances can stand while the city decides whether to appeal.
The decision is just the latest to attack what were some of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s long-standing gun ban. And last year, Illinois legislators were forced by a federal appeals court to adopt a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons; it was the only state that still banned the practice. The resulting law largely stripped officials in the city and surrounding Cook County of their authority to regulate guns, which especially irked officials in Chicago, where residents had to apply for concealed-carry permits through the police superintendent.