County judge should allow handgun sharing among relatives who don’t live in the same house

Posted 7 May 2014 at 12:00 am


A few weeks back I went into visit our Orleans County clerk to ask for information on adding my father’s handguns onto my handgun permit, and vice versa. My father had gone into his county clerk’s office, in a neighboring county east of us, and was told it’s as easy as filling out a couple of forms, and to find out what my county required.

I was surprised to learn that in our county, our judge has decided he will not allow handgun sharing unless living in the same residence. I moved out of my parents’ house 8 years ago. I have a husband and children, and sharing a house with my parents would not fit into our current daily lives.

I really am appalled that our judge, who seems to be rather Constitutional and or Conservative, would find it necessary to not allow handgun sharing, especially between relatives. I find it a huge infringement on the county residents’ Second Amendment Rights. And I find it to be a major hassle on us as well.

Imagine if my father or I were to die tomorrow, having handgun permits would require law enforcement officers to come and confiscate our handguns. I don’t find it fair to burden a grieving family with law enforcement, or the hassle of law enforcement confiscating those handguns, until paperwork was filed and submitted in order to have a living (grieving) family member be able to gain possession of those handguns.

We have to remember that these handguns are our property. We pay for them, including taxes. We go through a rigorous licensing process in order to gain permission to own those handguns (which is an infringement all on its own.)

According to the unConstitutional SAFE Act, we must also be required to reapply for a handgun license every 5 years. So why is it possible for our judge to restrict and not allow handgun sharing between family members, but a neighboring county (that has much higher rates of left views on gun control) does not?

Orleans County has proven where they stand on Second Amendment Rights. We were the first and ONLY county in NY State to have all municipalities pass resolutions opposing the SAFE Act.

I must ask our judge to reconsider his notion to ban handgun sharing in separate residences, and not just because it will grieve loved ones, but also because it infringes on our Constitutional Rights.

Gia Arnold

(Arnold is a state coordinator for New York Revolution as well as a candidate for NY Senate.)