Drunk and packing heat? You’ll be arrested, that is unless you’re a cop

September 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Drunk and packing heat? You’ll be arrested, that is unless you’re a cop

BY Frank Lombardi
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Thursday, September 16th 2010, 4:00 AM

It could soon be a crime to get drunk while packing heat – unless you’re a cop.

A bill aired at a City Council hearing Wednesday would subject licensed gun owners to a possible year in jail and $10,000 fine if they’re over the limit and armed.

Public Safety Committee Chairman Peter Vallone Jr. said state law prevents the city from including on-duty or off-duty cops in the measure.

The bill has the support of the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg, who failed to get a similar law passed in Albany that also exempted cops.

Arkady Gerney, a mayoral criminal justice aide, testified that police officers are covered by departmental penalties for carrying their firearms and drinking even when off-duty.

But nothing stops a civilian from doing it.

“If automobiles are dangerous with a drunken driver behind the wheel, it should be obvious that the same principle applies when someone carries a gun while intoxicated,” Gerney testified.

The bill was blasted by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association as a “new tactic” to undermine legal gun rights.

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