It was a summer night in 2009, and a young man with a backpack was making his way to the local mall when a cop pulled him over.
The officer had a loaded handgun in his holster and was threatening to arrest the man for carrying a gun.
The young man said he didn’t have a gun and didn’t even know what it was.
He wasn’t charged with a crime, and he walked away without a ticket.
After that, a year later, another cop pulled over another young man for a similar situation, this time with a loaded gun in his hands.
The young man was more confident in his guns, and had no problem pointing them out.
He was, after all, an unarmed man who had just been arrested for being too close to a cop, and the officer had no intention of doing anything to stop it.
So, the young man decided to keep the gun in plain sight.
He kept it in his backpack because he had a gun in the car, he said, but he had no idea how to get it out.
His father, who had seen him with the gun at a bar in New York, suggested that he try the mall.
Within hours, he was standing outside a mall wearing a red jacket and carrying a bag full of guns, including a Ruger.
He would be arrested that day.
The lesson: If you’re going to have a loaded weapon, make sure it’s unloaded.
The man was soon arrested, charged with possession of a loaded firearm and carrying of a concealed weapon, both misdemeanors.
But a year and a half later, he still wasn’t arrested.
In 2010, as the city’s gun violence spike was being recognized, police officers across the country started to get better at detecting concealed carry permits, which could be issued to people who are legally armed and carrying weapons.
The NYPD began tracking them and began issuing them to thousands of people.
It took some time, but the numbers were growing.
In 2015, there were about 5,300 concealed carry permit holders, according to the New York State Police.
By 2020, that number had ballooned to nearly 12,000.
Now, some officers have started getting the message.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told The New York Times that he expects to see the number of permits issued to those who meet certain criteria reach 30,000 by 2021.
And the number is expected to rise even further in coming years.
Police Commissioner William Bratton has already declared that he wants to see an end to the “toxic environment” where people can get permits without actually proving they are capable of carrying a weapon.
But there are still thousands of those in New Jersey, Connecticut, and other states who don’t even show up to get them.
“There’s a lot of people that don’t have the capacity to do it legally,” Boyce said.
“We need to be doing more.”