A few months ago, the Albany Times Union caught Jerome M. Hauer head of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services using his handgun’s laser sighting attachment as a pointer in a briefing. The problem was that he was inside a State government building and he had no need to be carrying a gun according the State’s laws.
So, since some animals are more equal than others, the legacy governor leaped into action and provided the bureaucrat with a waiver four days after the Times Union published the story;
Cuomo defended Hauer at a news conference Wednesday. The governor said he’s comfortable with commissioners carrying weapons to work as long as they have gun permits. He qualified the response by adding “if they are licensed and in that field of work.”
Hauer is not a law enforcement officer or working in law enforcement, although his official vehicle has emergency lights and sirens.
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.
Yeah, I’m comfortable, too, knowing that a state official is using his firearm in a way it wasn’t designed to function. In the original story, the Times Union had reported that Hauer’s waving of the weapon made several of the Swedish dignitaries duck to avoid the laser device.
A person in state government familiar with State Facilities Law said Hauer received a waiver from Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito on Jan. 10. She and State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico are the only people authorized to grant such waivers. The person said D’Amico declined to provide a waiver for Hauer.
D’Amico declined an interview request, and his spokesperson would not answer questions.
Neither Cuomo’s office nor the agencies involved would produce the waiver document.
I have a laser on my Sig-Sauer Scorpion (which is illegal in New York because it holds an eight-round magazine), and it comes with a warning that it could injure someone’s eyes. it also comes with little warning stickers that you’re supposed to affix to the weapon, so the laser thingie, isn’t exactly a toy either.
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