Did Trump Accuser Get Special Treatment Over Unlicensed Gun?

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It sure looks that way. 

When E. Jean Carroll, who successfully sued Donald Trump in civil court alleging that he sexually assaulted her, was on the witness stand in a follow-up defamation lawsuit in January, she stated under oath that she had an unlicensed firearm in her home. For most New Yorkers, admitting to a felony or being caught with an unlicensed pistol would have resulted in felony charges, but instead the 80-year-old received a friendly visit from officers in her hometown.  


The chief of police in Warwick, New York, visited Carroll at her home on Feb. 15 “to discuss some open issues,” the report states, including Carroll’s disclosure of the handgun while she was on the witness stand Jan. 17.

During the second day of the civil trial, Carroll had told the federal court in lower Manhattan that she kept a “high standard revolver, nine chambers” at home with ammunition. “By my bed,” she said.

“I still do not have a license,” Carroll added.

John Rader, the reporting officer, said in his report that he “offered to secure the weapon at the police station’s property for safekeeping.”

Carroll and a member of her security team surrendered the gun a day after Rader visited, and the firearm was being held until Carroll receives a New York pistol license, the report said.

Well that's awfully nice of them. Do you think they'd do the same for a Warwick resident who hasn't made headlines for her repeated legal tanglings with the former president? 

Yeah, me neither. 

Now, I have to say that I don't want Carroll to be charged with a felony for keeping an unlicensed pistol. I don't believe that it should be a crime to have an unlicensed firearm in New York, because I think their gun licensing laws are an affront to our Second Amendment rights. Under New York law, simply possessing an unlicensed firearm is considered a violent felony punishable by years in prison, and hundreds of individuals are prosecuted under that statute each and every year. 


So why wouldn't police in Warwick arrest and charge Carroll for illegally possessing her "high standard" nine-shot revolver? She admitted under oath that she had an unlicensed pistol in her home. I highly doubt that any Second Amendment advocate who made the same disclosure would be treated with the same gentleness that Carroll received. As NBC News notes, Warwick police took no action for almost a month after Carroll's testimony, and even then they just gave her the option of handing her gun over for safekeeping until she had her paperwork squared away. 

This reminds me of the time that NBC News host David Gregory waved a "large capacity" magazine around the Meet the Press studios in Washington, D.C., clearly violating the District's ban on possessing magazines that can hold more than ten rounds. Though there is no exception for the news media in the District's statute, then-D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan declined to prosecute Gregory because it "would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust." 

The same could be said about the magazine ban in general, as well as New York's ridiculous gun licensing laws. But rather than get rid of those statutes, Democrats prefer to selectively enforce them; giving their favorites a pass while subjecting the rest of us to their unconstitutional edicts. That's great for folks like Carroll, but it's still an appalling double standard for everyone else. 


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