Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik said Tuesday on Fox Nation's "Liberty File" that throughout most of the country, law enforcement respects the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms.

"The concept of citizens being armed and trained and carrying -- I agree with it," Kerik, who helped guide New York City through the aftermath of 9/11, added.

Kerik said that in more conservative "red states," police like the idea of responsible citizens being armed to protect themselves as police "cannot be everywhere" at the same time.

But, he said that in "urban America," it is rare for an officer to encounter an armed citizen who has been officially permitted to carry.

Kerik said that in places like Paterson, N.J., New York City and Chicago, governments have made it so difficult for an average citizen to own a gun that most of the time, the weapons they come in contact with were obtained illegally.


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He said that when he was a street cop, he would patrol the Times Square area and often make arrests near a former holster shop on 42nd Street where people were illegally carrying weapons.

"It's so difficult to get licensed in New York," he said, adding that the current state and city government do not respect the citizens' right to carry.

"This governor and mayor [are] completely anti-Second Amendment," he said of Democrats Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio respectively.

Last week at the annual CPAC conference, NRA executive Wayne La Pierre also ripped Cuomo for New York's strict gun laws, saying the former Clinton HUD secretary is trying to back-door an assault on the Second Amendment.

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