A New York county forbids its prosecutors from owning a gun, unless they receive a special exemption.

An application form for assistant district attorneys in Nassau County includes the following statement regarding gun ownership:

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. Any exception to this policy must be in writing and approved by the District Attorney.

The county claims that the policy is common in other nearby counties, and is intended to make witnesses and staff members feel more comfortable. Opponents call it a blatant violation of the Second Amendment. 

In a statement to the Washington Post, the county said:

"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."


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