This one deserves every easy shot there is. Back in early January, there was a burst of media reporting on Jerome Hauer, commissioner of New York state’s Division of Homeland Security, who carried a Glock 9mm to work in violation of state law – which prohibits the carrying of guns in the work place, except by authorized law-enforcement officials.
Notably, Hauer didn’t just carry his Glock; he pulled it during a conference presentation in October 2013, when he needed a laser pointer, and used its laser target designator for that purpose. (Reportedly, he managed to alarm some visiting Swedes, as well as the people sitting across the table from him, with that maneuver.)
Today, the Daily Caller reports the rest of the story.
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Reporters began asking questions about Hauer’s habit of carrying his gun to work, only to be stonewalled by the Cuomo administration.
On Wednesday, the Times Union learned that Hauer had received a waiver allowing him to carry a handgun to work. The waiver was issued only four days after they ran the story about Hauer using the laser sight as a pointer.
“Despite the lack of a waiver before January, several witnesses said he has been carrying a gun on the job since Cuomo appointed him in 2011,” the Times Union reported.
One wonders why it took them four whole days to issue Hauer’s waiver. It can’t be because of his irresponsible use of a firearm to point at a PowerPoint presentation. According to Cuomo, the reporter who asked him about that had “bad information.”