Jews in New York City are Applying for Concealed Handgun permits

Nov 15, 2023 | Concealed Handgun Permits

Here is a piece that is in the Wall Street Journal.


It’s Sunday morning at Manhattan’s Westside Rifle & Pistol Range, where I’ve come for a safety class as part of my application for a license to carry a concealed firearm. I’m one of at least 10 Jewish men in the class, many wearing yarmulkes. Some wouldn’t have dreamed of setting foot in this place a year ago.

“I was born and raised a Jew, and I’ve lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan my whole life,” says Yoni Ben Ami, who declines to give his age or profession but looks to be around 30. “I’ve never been uncomfortable going around town being visibly Jewish until Oct. 7 and its aftermath.” Darren Leung, owner of the Westside range, says he’s seen an “exponential” increase in Jewish permit-seekers and members. . . .

Jews are on the forefront of challenging New York State’s attempts to undercut Bruen. Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law preventing concealed-carry holders from bringing firearms into “sensitive locations,” including synagogues and other “places of worship or religious observance.” . . .

Max Raskin, “New York Jews Embrace Gun Rights,” Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2023.