I know this has been beaten to death, but...
My wife and I are applying for pistol permits in Oswego county. I know you have to show proper cause for an unrestricted license, so I have been thinking about why I want to carry in the first place. This is what I have come up with.
1. An uptick in crime. In the last two months in the tiny town I live in our one all night gas station was robbed, I believe at gun point, and a meth lab was busted. We have lived here over 7 years with nothing like this happening.
2. I have a rather large, young family. We have 5 kids, all under the age of 11, and one on the way. Having a family this size means whenever we go anywhere, we are kind of a large, lumbering mass. If we ever ran into trouble, there would be virtually no situation where we could run or hide. There are just too many of us, and most of them are very small.
I know that number one has probably been used before, but number 2 is probably not common at all, considering families are usually not this big anymore.
As an aside, I believe it is my job and duty to protect my family, not the governments. But I know that is not proper cause either.
So any thoughts-do you think number 2 would qualify as proper cause? I know that the judge is the final authority, just wondering what you guys thought.