Well after a 21 month suspension my pistol license "privileges" have been restored and firearms returned. For those interested in reading about some of the background of the suspension you can read the details on the following thread (the original 1st part tread started in February of 2009 was deleted):
While I'm happy to get my license and pistols back there is very much a sense of dissatisfaction in that nothing positive has occurred with respect to changing the law and power exercised by the licensing authority in NYS. My license was restored simply because my daughter and grandkids moved to their own place. The idea still holds sway that "allegations" related to a minor child or grandchild, where no act of violence or use of a weapon occurred, can be used to nullify the 2nd Amendment rights of a law abiding adult citizen living in the same household.
One of the stipulations for continuing to exercise my license "privileges" is that my grandson is barred from residing with me in the future in spite of the fact that it has been three years since the "evidence" of his gang affiliation was uncovered (pictures of him when he was 15 years old with a group of other minors in gang colors and throwing up gang signs), he has completed nearly two years of educational/vocational training with zero law enforcement contact, and the PD gang unit has no record of any gang involvement by him over the last 2+ years.
I recently went to an open house at his school and every teacher I spoke with repeat the refrain that he is a very well mannered, respectful young man. All of this was document and yet somehow the powers that be still view him as enough of a threat to public safety that my 2nd Amendment rights are in jeopardy should he for some reason come to live with me in the future.
During the conversation I had with the officer at pistol licensing who called to inform me that the suspension was being lift a comment was made that the presence of my grandson in my house was a liability issue for the licensing authority. In the mind of the powers that be each license they issue represents a liability to them should an individual they license use a firearm recklessly.
To a certain extend I understand that sentiment but if you extend that reasoning to other aspects of living it allows for the government to control just about every aspect of our lives. If the government allowing an activity means the government is liable for any negative results of the irresponsible action on the part of a citizen that opens the door for the government to exercise control over individual actions.
On the other hand the Constitutional enumeration of the powers of the government actually serves to limit the liability of the government with respect to the exercise of rights and freedoms on the part of citizens. Enumerated powers and individual freedom puts the liability for the abuse of that freedom on the citizen rather then the government. Unfortunately the situation in our society has turn this concept upside down.
Anyway, I wanted to share the conclusion of my tale of woe with those that had read and commented on the initial threads. As mentioned earlier, I've got mixed emotions and I am really hoping that the lawsuits currently in the system, especially the Westchester county lawsuit being handled by Alan Gura, will make some headway in restoring the 2nd Amendment rights that have been stripped from American citizens living in much of NYS. Our 2nd Amendment rights are fundamental and should require strict scrutiny and some overwhelming public safety interest in order to justify limiting the exercise of these rights on the part of law abiding citizens.