Secret Police State: New York will pay you $500 to rat out other gun owners

Posted by: Phineas on March 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

**Posted by Phineas

The Stasi and the KGB approve, and Orwell nods knowingly:

Nearly a year before signing the nation’s most stringent gun control measure into law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a hotline that allows state residents to report illegal gun owners in exchange for a $500 reward.

The measure is part of a four-pronged approach established by the governor’s office to reduce gun violence in urban communities, according to

New Yorkers can call the “Gun Tip Line” if they believe someone they know has an illegal gun. Hotline calls are answered by state police and tips are referred to local law enforcement, the station reported.

“This initiative seeks to turn neighbor against neighbor and use their own tax dollars to pay for the $500 reward,” Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin told the station.

Back in the days when East Germany was around, it was estimated that one in every twelve people was a paid informant for the Stasi, the Soviet satrapy’s feared secret police. Now New York has done them one better, turning everyone in the Empire State into a potential snitch.

What’s that you say? You think I’m overreacting? That this only applies to convicted criminals who aren’t allowed firearms in the first place, or maybe someone who illegally obtains an automatic weapon?

Perhaps you’d be right under the old rules, and perhaps I wouldn’t then have a problem with this program. But, consider New York’s shiny new draconian gun law and all the previously legal weapons it weapons it made illegal unless registered, or, God forbid, you fill your ten-bullet magazine to capacity.

Go ahead and exercise your Second Amendment rights, New Yorkers, as well as your rights under your own state’s Civil Rights Law, but, be careful.

Your neighbor may need the money.

via Rick Wilson

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Secret Police State: New York will pay you $500 to rat out other gun owners”


  1. Kaiser Norton says:

    Wait until some legal gun owner is ratted out, and then inadvertently killed because of this hotline. Oh, wait….silly me. The media would never report that!

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Before someone decides to take advantage of this Dial-A-Snitch program, they might first consider investing a portion of their reward money in a good pair of running shoes.

    Gun control works! Just ask the experts: China, Russia, Nazi Germany, North Korea, etc.

  3. An old joke from the Soviet era comes to mind:

    Elderly Jew Slotnik awakens one morning in the early spring to find that a dozen KGB men are digging up his dormant garden. They’re clearly looking for something, but he can’t imagine what. He ventures out somewhat timidly and asks the leader of the detachment, who tells him that they received an anonymous tip that there were tens of thousands of gold rubles buried in Slotnik’s garden, just a foot beneath the surface. Slotnik knows better than to argue with the KGB, so he shrugs and returns inside.

    Presently the KGB men decide they’re not going to find anything and depart.

    A bit later in the day, Slotnik’s neighbor Meyer, a somewhat younger man, drops by for a visit. Slotnik asks him if he knows about the visit by the KGB. Meyer smiles and replies, “Oh, of course. Remember, I promised to turn over your old garden so you wouldn’t have to do it yourself? I decided I was too tired for all that heavy labor, so I made one little phone call…”

    New Yorkers can find a workable variation on the theme, I’m sure.

  4. Tom TB says:

    “Those who would give up their liberty for a sense of temporary security are not worthy of either”, that’s how I remember what Ben Franklin wrote. We had a nut case here in Connecticut shoot his mother, then killed employees and students at a school. WHY SHOULD THAT CHANGE OUR RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS?

  5. Adam Lanza broke at least six laws already on the books (murder, theft of a firearm, auto theft, unlawful possession of a firearm, etc.) before he committed breaking and entering, destruction of private property, possession of a weapon in a school zone, ultimately more murders, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The gun owning mom broke none. What is the penalty for being a victim in Connecticut?

  6. Steph says:

    @drew…the penalty of being a victim in Connecticut is losing your 2nd Amendment rights. I am sure you get what I am saying. :(

  7. @Steph-Come to TX; we have an entirely different view of the Constitution. And better weather.