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Should NYC Bodega Workers Carry Concealed Guns?

Should NYC Bodega Workers Carry Concealed Guns?

Here’s the Scoop

In a bold response to escalating violent thefts and crime in New York City, hundreds of bodega workers are taking a stand by applying for concealed-carry gun permits.

The United Bodegas of America, representing these workers, has reported assisting at least 230 store owners in their quest to arm themselves for protection. This movement emerges as a drastic yet telling solution to the increasing danger these small convenience stores, often situated in high-crime neighborhoods, face daily.

The initiative, which started as a “secret society of gun owners” among bodega employees, is a clear indicator of the growing concerns over personal safety and the right to self-defense.

Union spokesman Fernando Mateo’s warning to potential criminals — “beware, you may be walking into the wrong bodega” — underscores a new reality where store owners are prepared to match the firepower of their assailants.

This push for gun ownership among bodega workers isn’t isolated. The National Supermarket Association reports a significant increase in its members carrying guns since the pandemic, reflecting a broader trend in the retail sector.

Amid this backdrop, New York City’s crime statistics paint a mixed picture. While robberies, assaults, burglaries, and grand larceny show double-digit increases compared to two years ago, shootings have seen a decrease.

Yet, the surge in retail theft, with over 22,000 incidents last year, remains a pressing concern for Mayor Eric Adams and the city’s law enforcement.

As bodega owners like Radhames Rodriguez arm themselves in response to a cityscape reminiscent of the tumultuous ’80s and ’90s, we turn to you, our readers: Should New York City bodega workers carry concealed guns to protect themselves against the rising tide of urban crime?

This poll is more than just a question of policy; it’s a referendum on the right to self-defense in an increasingly perilous urban environment. Cast your vote and share your stance on this critical issue facing New York’s small business owners and the communities they serve.

What do you think? Let us know by participating in our poll, or join the discussion in the comment section below!




  1. Alton

    December 5, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Everyone has the right to defend themselves and others if need be and fight for their rights at all times.

  2. Tarheel

    December 8, 2023 at 8:23 am

    People who use guns in the pursuit of crime are simply a waste of oxygen and should be dealt with great prejudice. When these people began to realize that society will no longer tolerate their behavior and their life may be forfeited in their pursuit of malfeasance, maybe the more brighter ones will be dissuaded.

  3. LMB

    December 8, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Put triggered door locks on the entrances. Arm the owner/workers in the stores! Put up a couple of signs in the doors/by the doors, that armed robbery will be met with deadly force!!! Or something like that!!


    December 19, 2023 at 7:12 pm


    • Wyatt Earp

      December 27, 2023 at 6:06 pm

      At least people who do the crime will be the one!

  5. John E Lane

    December 26, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    A Heavily Armed Society is a Polite Society! 🇺🇸🇺🇸😎😎

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