Who wants $500??? In today’s economy it would be hard to find someone that would say no to that offer, and that is exactly what the state of New York is banking on. A memorandum from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services that was recently leaked, outlines a new program that would reward snitches with $500 cash for informing on anyone who possesses an “illegal” firearm according to the newly passed SAFE Act. The Facebook page of the Troy Record states that,
NY State has established a toll-free tip line – 1-855-GUNSNYS (1-855- 486-7697) to encourage residents to report illegal firearm possession. The tip line also allows for information to be submitted via text – individuals can text GUNTIP and their message to CRIMES (274637). The New York State Police staff the tip line 24 hours a day. Upon receiving a call, troopers will solicit as much information as possible regarding a firearm tip then contact the appropriate police agency with the lead to initiate an investigation. If the information leads to an arrest for the illegal possession of a firearm, the “tipster” will be awarded $500.
It almost seems as if this campaign borrows a page from the Department of Homeland Security’s, “See Something, Say Something” propaganda machine. Now you won’t just have to worry about your government coming after you, but your neighbors and friends too.
Other sources have reported:
WRGB in Albany has a breaking news story posted to their Facebook page, claiming that the state of New York is offering up bribes for people to rat out those possessing illegal firearms – an interesting development considering the adoption of the new anti-Second Amendment SAFE Act legislation. In other words, a firearm that may have been obtained legally could become illegal under the SAFE Act, and anybody who knows you possess said firearm can report you and earn themselves a cool $500.
In addition to the Facebook page, Pat Bailey, a reporter from at CBS 6 in Albany, tweeted that he has a letter from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services explaining the reward program. According to Bailey, the Governor’s Office is claiming that the program is well over a year old. But the head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association says that if that is accurate, “it was a well kept secret”.
*Many thanks to J.V. for contributing this information. Source of original article: menrec.com.