Former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams has finally won her long battle with the NYPD to obtain a handgun permit for self-defense from stalkers, and “Miss November” 1992 apparently is convinced that bigger is better.
On April 8, former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams received her long-awaited gun permit and purchased a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun to keep in her home for self-defense.
Adams was Playboy’s Miss November in 1992.
In April 2015, Breitbart News reported Adams was in a back-and-forth with the New York Police Department in which she suggested they were denying the issuance of her gun permit due to a personal animus. She suggested this animus was the result of a $1.2 million excessive force judgment she won against the NYPD in 2012. And the Daily Mail reported the NYPD “Licence Department also used a sexy picture posted on the Internet of Adams wearing a skimpy mock police uniform and holding a gun as a reason to deny her.”
At the same time, the NYPD voiced concerns that “domestic complaints made by [Adams] involving her husband and a room-mate” suggested her day-to-day life was volatile, and that concern over such alleged volatility was actually at the heart of the denial.
Adams unwisely decided that a Desert Eagle chambered in .50 AE is the gun she had to have for self-defense. This rather strongly suggests that she doesn’t have much more knowledge about firearms now than when she posed with her finger on the trigger in a past modeling gig, which was one of the factors in her permit denial last year.
The .50 AE is one of the most powerful semi-automatic handgun cartridges made, generating between 1,200 and 2,100 ft-lbs of muzzle energy. The Desert Eagle she picked weighs 4.5 pounds unloaded, and she’ll likely deafen and stun herself if she ever fires it in her New York City home. It’s also probable that the powerful cartridge will leave her residence and enter the apartments of her neighbors if she ever fires it in self-defense, as the .50 AE has the same sort of over-penetration issues on human targets than common .44 Magnum rounds do. If she misses her target, the bullet easily penetrates at least 24 layers of drywall.
She would have been much better off in purchasing a 9mm handgun or a 20-gauge shotgun, both of which have much better track records of stopping bad guys than the .50 AE, but without the absurd over-penetration risks the round presents in an urban self-defense environment.
We’re thrilled that Adams wants to exercise her Second Amendment rights.
We just wish she had more competent advisers and trainers informing her purchasing decisions, as bigger is decidedly not always better in choosing a handgun for self-defense.
Update: Adams may not have her “Deagle” for long. Under the provisions of the absurd NY SAFE Act, handguns weighing 50 ounces or more when unloaded are considered “assault weapons.”
This tale appears to be far from over…