Nassau County District Attorney Retracts Gun Ownership Ban

Law Shield has former prosecutors among its program lawyers, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that district attorneys have to deal with the worst of the worst in their prosecutions—as we all know, many dangerous, unstable people get tried for crimes. And it’s part of the job that DAs routinely receive threats.

We were open-mouthed when we saw Prof. Eugene Volokh’s commentary that the Nassau County (New York) District Attorney’s Office bars prosecutors from having handguns, even at home. But after extensive reporting of the no-gun-ownership policy (see the Shooter’s Log item about it here), the DA’s office has clarified and lifted the ban on gun ownership by its employees, while still prohibiting them from carrying at work.

Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas. Photo from Nassau County (NY) District Attorney's Office.
Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas. Photo from Nassau County (NY) District Attorney’s Office.

Albert Teichman, chief assistant district attorney for Nassau County, issued a memo, which reads, “Upon review, the public safety interests served by the policy can be substantially effectuated though a less-restrictive means that does not preclude ADAs from owning handguns, but strictly prohibits work-related possession and use.” This new policy sets aside Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas‘ edict that enforced a policy of mandatory disarmament among her attorneys. In the “Assistant District Attorney Application Information & Instruction Form” posted by the county, “[A]ssistant district attorneys are not permitted to apply for a handgun permit nor own or possess a handgun while employed by the Nassau County District Attorney. Any exception to this policy must be in writing and approved by the District Attorney.” Volokh asked the Nassau County’s DA office about the reasons for the policy, and the response was, “Our practice of asking prosecutors to not possess handguns is to ensure the safety and comfort of staff, victims, and witnesses, and is consistent with other district attorney’s offices in the New York City metropolitan area.” Except Volokh pointed out that Nassau County wasn’t “asking” their employees to follow a suggested practice—the handgun ban was a mandatory condition of employment. The “Assistant District Attorney Application Information & Instruction Form” requires the applicant to acknowledge the statement: “I understand that assistant district attorneys are not permitted to apply for a handgun permit nor own or possess a handgun while employed by the Nassau County District Attorney.” Law Shield believes DA Singas’ policy showed bad judgment in its disregard for the rights and safety of others in law enforcement, and we’re happy to hear that her office has rescinded the off-site provisions of the policy.

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Comments (19)

  1. I find it interesting that many of the Laws are being passed in RED States, under the Watchful Eye’s of the NRA. And the NRA, complain the Loudest AFTER the FACT and NOT BEFORE the FACT. Are there Two set’s of NRA standards at play here, and if so, What are they.

  2. What I see is the Fascist police state “granting special access to their ownwhile denying the same right to own by their bureaucratic policys.
    Judges and cops, retired or not get, multi state carry permits for life while military and police through “Their Programs” gets discounted special discounts that firms write off as tax liabilitys.
    We have far too many special provisions for Special people, active and always licking close ex-public employees, All while they are the greaest threat to private ownership, and the most destructive grouping to US Freedom and Liberty.

  3. How many body guards does she have 24/7 ???
    A close friend refuses to have any guns in her presents due her father committing suicide with a gun. I can understand her passion in her case. However she has several alarms for her home.

  4. Didn’t she Put Away Behind Prison Bar’s, Wuilmer Mendosa from El Salvador. A “MS-13” Soldier who tried to Sneak Back Into the US. in June 2015. Sound’s Good Too Me.

  5. New York is just another stupid Liberal state run by stupid people. I know, I grew up there. Now I live in Virginia where prosecutors are essentially automatically given a concealed carry permit.

    Simple solution, yes fight the stupid laws, but move away from there as soon as possible.

  6. In all fairness, the policy had already been in effect for years prior to Singas ever taking office. It was established by a previous DA and Singas merely inherited the policy like anyone that assumes charge of an organization.

    However, once it became spotlighted in the news recently, she rather quickly moved to rescind the policy and stated it had been implemented back before several of the latest Supreme Court rulings that now make the policy more questionable.

    If anything, this article should actually bring into question why those of us on the pro-gun side of the issue were asleep at the wheel to allow this policy to remain in effect as long as it has.

  7. ” shall not be infringed” has an entirely different meaning in NY, and CA. In fact so does the entire U.S. Constitution.

    1. Because in newyork, all guns have to be registered. Failure to do so is a felony. So, as usual, gun laws only affect law abiding citizens.

  8. Must be related to Donald The Dump Trump, open big mouth and insert foot, and don’t think before you speak. Like Hillary wants to go after the Gun Makers, Large Mistake on her part. She must have seen the one episode of Law & Order on TV in bed alone, they went after the Gun makers and it didn’t end well. More and more Gun owners, and many more CCW carriers. And with her if it wasn’t for the hole under her nose, were else would she be today!

  9. ” But after extensive reporting of the no-gun-ownership policy (see the Shooter’s Log item about it here), the DA’s office has clarified and lifted the ban on gun ownership by its employees, while still prohibiting them from carrying at work.”

    “Clarified” in this case means a 180 degree turnaround.

  10. I grew up in Nassau County and even worked at the DA’s office back when the DA was a republican. So different now, upset my parents but I will never move back. If the dems ever force Astorino out of office I’m leaving Westchester. And I’m not even a Republican.

  11. The first action was done in really bad judgement. Considering you do not have to live in the state to be an AD, unless that changed over the years. The first action left the AD’s defenseless in their home and in public. This is were they are the most vulnerable besides being in the field with detectives.

  12. This is DA is full of BS…I hold a JD and know Constitutional Law very well..!!! The 2nd Amendment is very clear on this issue…”Shall Not be Infringed”…she is violating their Constitutional Rights! This POS needs to be removed from Office TODAY..!!!

    1. USPatriotOne, I agree that the POS should be removed from office. Problem is that the liberal voters in Nassau County, and most of New York, are drinking her leftist cool-aid and they vote the leftist types like her into office.

  13. Without knowing for sure I would assume the DA is a Democrat, liberal with a muddled brain like the rest of them

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