Addressing a group of Tea Party members on Staten Island, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota called for a streamlining of the city's gun permit system, saying it should be "fair and speedy."
"The city of New York, though, goes to an extreme with their, bureaucracy is not even strong enough of a word. It's almost a level of harassment at a certain point and it needs to change," Lhota says at the April 25 meeting on Staten Island. "There's something that should be fair and speedy about being able to get a gun permit."
In video obtained by NY1, Lhota also calls the teachers union "almost un-American," saying: "There's a tremendous unfairness once teachers decide to unionize, and they created this system where everybody is treated the same. It is unfair, almost un-American."
See Courtney Gross' full report on "Road to City Hall" tonight at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and see Lhota respond to her report in a lengthy interview with NY1 Political Anchor Errol Louis.