New York woman’s firearms confiscated after background check reveals prior unreported 911 call for assistance

A woman in New York has reportedly had all of her legally purchased and possessed firearms confiscated by the police not because she was convicted or even accused of committing any crime, but because she had once previously called 911 for police assistance, according to the pro-gun website Ammoland.

The confiscation allegedly occurred after the woman applied for a concealed carry permit and the background check process revealed that she had failed to properly report that prior 911 call to her local pistol permit licensing board within a specified time period.

Prior 911 call uncovered by background check

According to Ammoland, the unnamed woman lives in Nassau County and obtained a permit to lawfully purchase and possess in her home a handgun before the start of the pandemic after her long-time boyfriend had died and she felt unsafe.

Sometime thereafter, she began to have problems with a neighbor who made threats against her, so she called 911 at some unspecified point and Nassau County police responded and dealt with the problem for her.

The woman reportedly still feared for her safety and decided to get a concealed carry permit so she could lawfully carry her handgun outside of her home, which necessarily subjected her to the arguably more onerous requirements for concealed carry permit applicants that New York imposed after the Supreme Court knocked down the state’s previous “proper cause” requirement as unconstitutional.

That new law, ironically known as the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, has also largely been gutted and struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge, but that decision was temporarily stayed by an appeals court, meaning the new law and its litany of burdensome requirements and restrictions remain in effect.

The local statute requires timely notification of any and all interactions with police

Part of the new requirements for concealed carry applicants is an extensive background check process that, in the case of the unnamed woman, uncovered her prior 911 call to Nassau County police to deal with her threatening neighbor as well as her apparent failure to comply with a local ordinance in relation to that call for assistance and her pistol permit.

Per a specific provision within the Nassau County Police Department’s Pistol License Section Handbook, the woman was required to report that 911 call to the NCPD Pistol License Section within three business days or risk the revocation of her permit and subsequent automatic confiscation of all firearms in her possession, including any rifles and shotguns in addition to the licensed handgun.

Specifically, Chapter 2, Sec. E-19 states that timely reporting is required for: “Any incident involving a licensee where there is police response, whether it involves the licensee or any other resident or guest in or at their home or place of business. This includes police response to any location that is non-domestic whereby a licensee is the subject, witness, or third party involved.”

The handbook further notes: “The licensee is responsible for making proper notifications to the NCPD Pistol License Section. The licensee is not to assume that other law enforcement agencies or the Nassau County Police Department will make the necessary notification on the licensee’s behalf. Failure to make timely and proper notifications in the aforementioned circumstances may be cause for suspension and/or revocation of a pistol license.”

All firearms now confiscated

Ammoland reported that once that apparent failure to report the prior 911 call was revealed, the background check process was immediately halted, her pistol license was suspended, and all of her lawfully possessed firearms, including long guns that don’t require a permit, were confiscated.

The now completely disarmed woman told the outlet that she can attempt to have her firearms returned to her in about six to eight months, but in the meantime, and now in even more fear for her own safety, she is considering moving from the home that she has resided in since she was a child.