"Legally packing heat" in NYC
From the New York Post.
What's with the South and their guns?
A middle-class enclave on the South Shore of the city's southernmost borough is the gun capital of New York, with 509 residents -- or about one in every 57 males -- legally packing heat.
Guns are "a beautiful thing to own," said Peter Bruno, 73, who lives in the pistol-packing 10312 ZIP code, which cover's Staten Island's Annadale, Arden Heights and Eltingville sections.
The neighborhood is filled with single-family homes on 40-by- 100-foot lots and attached town houses, largely populated with conservative-leaning civil servants like cops and firefighters, as well as Wall Streeters.
"That's the quintessential group that owns guns for their home and family protection," said the area's city councilman, Vincent Ignizio.
Many of those gun-toting residents practice their aim at two private gun ranges on the island, and many also head upstate to unload.
"There are a lot of hunters," said longtime resident Guido Cadunzi, a gun-safety instructor.
The well-armed area is also one of the city's safest. The 123rd Precinct has seen a 27 percent decrease in major crimes over the past 10 years, and there were just two homicides there in 2009 and 2010. . . .
Thanks to Gus Cotey for the link.