Gunsmith Barred From Working On Handguns

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Alexander Honey can fix your rifle or shotgun.

But bring in a handgun and it's a different story.

"I pretty much have to turn away your business," he said.

Lewis County has rejected Honey's applications for a gunsmith dealer license and a pistol permit. 

The reason: his mental health.

Honey suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

"It makes me kind of feel shunned by my community that I've been part of since birth," he said.

Honey was diagnosed with PTSD while serving in Iraq and says his major symptom is nightmares. 

Did the military think it was serious? 

Consider this - Honey was put in charge of military weapons.

"Approximately 500 firearms, from pistols to heavy machine guns and grenade launchers," he said.

More recently, the federal government gave him a firearms license and the state has made him a certified firearms instructor.

But this rejection means he can't have or work on handguns - a decision Honey plans to appeal.

Sheriff Mike Carpinelli, who didn't interview Honey but recommended his permits be rejected, wants to hear more.

"I certainly hope that he does and we can sit down together and go through some more background information I need to make a better decision for him," said the sheriff.

The actual decision to reject the permits was made by Lewis County Judge Daniel King.

Through the court clerk, King said he doesn't want to discuss it.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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