Long Island dentist busted over cache of "ghost guns"

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There’s probably no moral panic going on right now quite as stupid as “ghost guns.”

While there’s no doubt some are being used in criminal activities, they’re not nearly as common as some in law enforcement like to make it out. Still, such guns are illegal in a handful of places, such as New York.

That became a problem for a Long Island dentist.

A Long Island dentist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly storing a cache of “ghost guns” inside his home that also served as his dental practice, police said.

Officers were called to Paul Carey’s Massapequa residence after his 33-year-old secretary told authorities she saw him wielding a gun on the second-floor of the home, according to Nassau police.

Police took Carey, 62, into custody, then raided his home.

In the basement, police said they found 20 illegal long guns, 18 of which were “ghost guns,” which are untraceable, privately made firearms fashioned out of parts usually purchased online.

Over 60 high capacity magazines and roughly 3,000 rounds of ammunition were also recovered, according to cops.

But at least they got a dangerous dentist off the streets, right?

Carey apparently had a concealed carry permit previously, but it was revoked after he apparently fired off rounds in his backyard.

It’s interesting, though, because they make a big thing about all these guns, but what was he doing with them? He wasn’t selling them to criminals, apparently, and he wasn’t committing crimes himself, so there’s nothing about this that should be a problem.

Unfortunately, he’s in New York and it is.

In fact, even the initial incident that got the police called is a problem for me.

See, his secretary said she saw him intoxicated and agitated, then said she heard the rack of a pump-action shotgun. She then ran out of the house and called 911.

However, being drunk in your own home isn’t illegal, nor is being agitated. While handling a firearm in such a state is generally not a good idea, that isn’t necessarily illegal either.

Frankly, there’s a lot about this that doesn’t make any sense, including the justification for searching Carey’s home.

Regardless, though, it sounds like none of those weapons would be illegal here in Georgia or most of the rest of the nation. In New York, though, they don’t value your Second Amendment rights. They like scary terms like “ghost guns” and run with them all the time in order to frighten people.

Look, it sounds like Carey may not be the most responsible gun owner out there, but I fail to see anything that rises to the level of warranting a police raid on his home or in leading to him being arrested for owning those firearms.

In a free nation, that’s simply not an issue, nor should it be.

Unfortunately, New York isn’t what any of us would call a free state, which is a shame because so many good people who love the Second Amendment are stuck behind the lines where “ghost guns” are haunting lawmakers who seem strangely focused on how powerless they are.