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NY Judge Says Second Amendment Doesn’t Exist in Her Court

Motivated by a political agenda rather than upholding our Constitution, a NY judge told a gunsmith to forget his second amendment rights.

Dexter Taylor took up gunsmithing during the COVID-19 lockdowns—a perfectly legal hobby under federal law, which he pursued with diligence, making sure to abide by ATF regulations. However, the state of New York, swayed by leftist ideologies that often ignore constitutional rights, saw things differently. New York’s authorities, ever eager to flex their regulatory muscles, raided Taylor’s home, arresting him for possessing gun parts that are federally legal but contentious under state laws due to his lack of a New York gunsmith license.

The case, handled by Taylor’s attorney Vinoo Varghese, underscores the uphill battle for Second Amendment advocates in states controlled by progressives. The courtroom atmosphere grew particularly hostile when Judge Abena Darkeh allegedly instructed Varghese not to invoke the Second Amendment, claiming, “It doesn’t exist here. This is New York.” Such a statement is a chilling reminder of how individual rights can be so cavalierly dismissed under the guise of state prerogatives.

Varghese also hinted at potential conflicts of interest, noting the judge’s close ties to the local political scene, which only adds to the perception of a biased judiciary. Moreover, the broader political climate, with President Biden targeting so-called “ghost guns,” amplifies the pressure on cases like Taylor’s, despite the negligible role these weapons play in crime statistically.

The jury, possibly swayed by the judge’s influence, returned with a guilty verdict on multiple counts, now leaving Taylor facing a potential 10-18 years in prison—a sentence he awaits in the notorious Rikers Island. His conviction includes charges that would be deemed ludicrous in most other states, like “possession of a loaded weapon” and “unlawful possession of pistol ammunition.”

Taylor’s ordeal is a glaring example of how the rights enshrined in our Constitution are being eroded by state-level activism. It’s a punitive measure against a law-abiding citizen, reflecting a broader, troubling trend where blue states create their own restrictive environments that flout constitutional protections. This case, likely headed for the Supreme Court, highlights the ongoing national debate over gun rights and the stark regional disparities in how those rights are recognized and respected.

New York’s overreach in punishing individuals like Taylor, while often ignoring actual criminal activity, is a stain on our legal and moral fabric. It’s no wonder many are fleeing these oppressive regimes in search of states that respect their freedoms. If we don’t challenge these oversteps, who will be next?

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.