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    We're still around. SAFE ACT provisions obviously trumps all provisions listed here, but the 7 round rule was ruled arbitrary for pistols, so we're allowed to load 10/10 in a mag instead of 7/10.
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    Has anybody seen the news? I wonder how all of this will shake out for the permit process. A hard process will probably get harder now...
    Brooklyn man busted for bribing cops to expedite gun permit applications as part of probe into NYPD corruption:

    A Brooklyn volunteer safety patrol member was charged Monday with bribing cops with $6,000 in cash and other goodies to expedite gun permit requests, and three officers were transferred out of the licensing unit as part of the far-reaching NYPD corruption probe.

    Shaya (Alex) Lichtenstein, 44, was so cozy with cops in the License Division that he’d spent nearly every day inside the office in police headquarters since 2014, federal court papers say.

    “He was no less than an arms dealer for the community,” said prosecutor Kan Nawaday.


    The NYPD also transferred the License Division’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Michael Endall, 48, into an administrative position “pending further review.”

    The department additionally put Sgt. David Villanueva, 42, and Officer Richard Ochetal, 36, on modified duty.

    Lichtenstein, who has his own gun permit, is a member of the Borough Park Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer patrol. He was arrested Sunday at his Pomona, Rockland County, home.

    He would charge members of the Orthodox community between $5,000 and $25,000 to expedite their gun permit requests, community sources said.

    The process typically takes at least a year and candidates with low-level criminal offenses are almost always nixed.

    One applicant approved for a gun permit in 2013 had a long criminal history, the feds said.

    The probe began this month after Lichtenstein approached an unnamed officer and tried to bribe him, court papers said.

    The officer turned to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, which launched a sting with the feds.

    They arranged a meeting in Borough Park where Lichtenstein allegedly patted down the officers, according to video from the gathering.

    After one officer complained, Lichtenstein said he'd rather meet the man "in your underpants and your undershirt."

    The undercover then said he was nervous about getting involved in the scheme.

    In response, Lichtenstein pulled out a calculator and estimated the officer could earn $900,000 if he helped with an estimated 150 permits.

    Shaya “Alex” Lichtenstein was collared Saturday and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
    Shaya “Alex” Lichtenstein was collared Saturday and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

    "I got so many licenses last year," Lichtenstein allegedly bragged.

    He claimed all of his customers were eligible applicants and that he was merely asking the officers to speed up the process, the complaint shows.

    But a review of his cases showed one applicant who was approved for gun permit in 2013 had a long criminal history, prosecutors said.

    The unnamed full carry license holder had been arrested for forgery and was the subject of at least four domestic violence complaints, "including one in which he was accused of threatening to kill someone," the complaint said.

    The person also had 10 moving violations and three vehicle-related summonses.

    Lichtenstein was released on a $500,000 personal recognizance bond. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

    His lawyer, Richard Finkle, argued in court that his client was a "family man and a community minded man who's charged with bribery."

    Lichenstein, whose family and friends packed the courtroom Monday, has deep ties to the community, and was a "fundraiser and fund-contributor" to various organizations, Finkle added.

    Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman disagreed with prosecutors' portrayal of him as an "arms dealer," calling it somewhat "hyperbolic." He also seemed to think that his deep community ties minimized his risk of flight.

    The arrest is tied to an ongoing federal probe that involves top police brass taking gifts in return for favors.

    "This case was developed as part of a long-term joint investigation by the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Attorney's Office," Bratton said.

    "As we have previously stated, this investigation will continue to go where the leads take us."

    The feds also are looking at a Dominican Republic trip bankrolled by Jona Rechnitz, a top fund-raiser for Mayor de Blasio. Recnhitz is part of a larger federal probe of the NYPD.

    “There were hookers everywhere,” said one source.

    A second source said investigators are also looking at a Bronx cop whose father may have ties to a Dominican resort.

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    It gets even better.

    As to the bigger picture, this is what happens when you have discretionary government licensing to exercise a constitutionally protected natural right.


    Former NYPD Officers Face Federal Bribery Charges
    Three ex-officers and a former Brooklyn prosecutor are accused of swapping gun licenses for cash, prostitutes, guns and more

    By Corinne Ramey and Zolan Kanno-Youngs April 25, 2017 3:01 p.m. ET

    Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim spoke at a news conference on Tuesday in which arrests were announced in a federal gun-licensing probe that involved ex-NYPD officers and a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    Federal prosecutors charged three former New York Police Department officers and a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney on Tuesday with allegedly trading gun licenses for bribes including prostitutes, liquor and guns.

    In the scheme, so-called expediters, or individuals who charge clients to help them get gun-license approvals, bribed officers in the NYPD’s gun-licensing division, according to prosecutors. These officers then approved or expedited more than 100 gun licenses, including for people with criminal histories, prosecutors said.

    “Corruption was allegedly pervasive at the NYPD’s License Division,” said acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim at a news conference Tuesday. That corruption “also spawned a cottage industry of parasitic profiteers,” he added, referring to the expediters. The bribes included cash, vacations, parties and an $8,000 watch, officials said.

    Federal authorities previously charged others, including police officers, last year in connection with corruption in the NYPD’s License Division in Manhattan.

    On Tuesday, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office charged Paul Dean, a former lieutenant who was second in command in the License Division; Robert Espinel, a former police officer; Gaetano “Guy” Valastro, a former NYPD detective who operated a private gun store in Queens; and John Chambers, a former Brooklyn prosecutor who marketed himself as a top firearms-licensing attorney; with crimes including conspiracy to commit bribery.

    Prosecutors also said Tuesday that David Villanueva, a former NYPD sergeant, and Frank Soohoo, a gun-license expediter, pleaded guilty and were cooperating with the government.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Messrs. Dean, Espinel, Valastro and Chambers on Tuesday morning. They appeared in federal court in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon.

    Barry Slotnick, a lawyer representing Mr. Chambers, said his client isn’t guilty of the allegations. Lawyers for Messrs. Espinel, Dean and Villanueva didn’t respond to requests for comment. An attorney for Mr. Valastro declined to comment.

    Former NYPD Sgt. David Villanueva shown after facing bribery charges at federal court in Manhattan in June.
    Photo: Kevin Hagen for The Wall Street Journal

    NYPD commissioner James O’Neill said the licensing division had made significant changes as a result of the probe, including replacing its supervisors. He said expediters are prohibited from working with the licensing division and applicants must work directly with the supervisors.

    “By and large every cop that I’ve had the opportunity to work with takes the job for the right reasons,” Mr. O’Neill said. “To disparage the name and the reputations of the other 36,000 of the hardworking and courageous men and women, I felt absolutely appalled.”

    The NYPD licensing division is responsible for approving applications for handgun licenses in New York City. The licenses must be reviewed every three years, according to Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of legal affairs.

    The NYPD reviews a person’s criminal and mental history and verifies details of their application. Some findings, such as a felony conviction, would result in an automatic rejection, one of the complaints stated.

    Mr. Kim said some of the individuals who received approved licenses had been convicted of crimes involving weapons or violence.

    According to a complaint, Mr. Dean and Mr. Espinel took bribes in the form of cash, guns and gun-training courses from expediters, including Mr. Valastro. Mr. Dean allegedly upgraded one request after the applicant spent thousands of dollars on him at a Queens strip club.

    Mr. Soohoo fancied traveling when bribing officers, according to court documents. He allegedly paid for several trips for Mr. Villanueva, including in October 2015, when he and his spouse joined Mr. Villanueva on their honeymoon in Hawaii and paid for all of their travel and lodging, court documents said.

    Between 2010 and 2015, Mr. Chambers bribed Mr. Villanueva with tickets to Broadway shows, sporting events and an $8,000 Paul Picot watch for expedited gun-licensing renewals, according to a complaint. Mr. Chambers is accused of paying Mr. Villanueva a total of $1,500 by sending him magazines stuffed with cash.

    Mr. Villanueva also allegedly used his contacts at the Nassau County Police Department to expedite renewals there for Mr. Chambers, according to court documents. “We def have a friend,” Mr. Villanueva texted Mr. Chambers, according to a complaint, when asked about his Nassau police contact. “Let’s see how far we can stretch him.”

    A spokesman for Nassau County police said their licensing division regularly works with other law enforcement agencies and processes more than “10,000 pistol licenses annually.”

    Write to Corinne Ramey at [email protected] and Zolan Kanno-Youngs at [email protected]

    Appeared in the Apr. 26, 2017, print edition as 'Former NYPD Officers Face Bribery Charges.'

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    Heads up. FOPA does not apply if you have an NYC pistol license

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