Eric L. Adams, the Brooklyn, NY borough president and a retired captain of the New York Police Department, says he will start carrying his handgun in places of worship now following the tragic anti-Semitic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.
“I used to carry my gun all the time when I went to church,” the retired cop-turned-pol said at a press conference Sunday, according to video posted to social media. “If we have police officers standing in front of churches, then we can’t say it’s wrong for a police officer who’s off duty to be inside churches with a gun.
“If they’re leaving those firearms home, I now say to them: Stop leaving your firearm home. Do as I do. Bring your firearm to church.”
Adams’ message was intended for off-duty cops. Whether or not this call would extend to other law-abiding gun owners in New York City remains to be seen. NYC is one of the hardest places for law-abiding gun owners to obtain concealed handgun permits.
It should be noted that the Brooklyn borough president is a registered Democrat. He made these remarks in New York City’s Midwood neighborhood, which is home to the city’s highest concentrations of Orthodox Jews.
New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a conservative Democrat and Orthodox Jew, says he’ll also register for a gun permit as well: