Judge Cites Domestic Violence Arrest, Revokes Dave Gordon’s Pistol Permit
An Oneida County Judge has revoked the pistol permit of County Executive candidate Dave Gordon and he cited a domestic violence arrest as part of the reason for his decision.
Judge Michael Dwyer said his decision to revoke Gordon's pistol permit is based on a fact finding investigation he ordered into the arrest of Gordon on August 17, 2017, when he was arrested on charges of "Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Harassment in the Second Degree after an incident which was alleged to have occurred at his residence" involving a female. Gordon's pistol permit was suspended in November of 2017, as a result of the arrest.
Judge Dwyer's order quoted information provided from the night of the arrest, including injuries reported by the victim, testimony and photography by police and alleged threats made by Gordon. According to Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, the District Attorney's office closed the case after the victim was no longer willing to cooperate.
Dwyer ordered that Gordon's pistol, a 9 mm S&W, remain in the possession of the Utica Police Department unless the gun's ownership can be transferred by Gordon into the possession of a legally licensed gun owner. WIBX has reached out to Gordon requesting a a comment but has not received a response.
On February 11th of this year, days after WIBX released a story about the now sealed 2017 domestic violence arrest, Gordon interrupted a press conference by the YWCA on domestic violence to defend his actions on the night of the arrest. He explained to media that the 2017 incident was brought on by 'unexplained emotional issues' that his fiance was going through, ultimately concluding at the press briefing that she had been acting 'hormonal' because she was unknowingly pregnant at the time. Gordon went on to threaten lawsuits against WIBX's Bill Keeler, the County Executive and other county officials, and then tossed around allegations of extramarital affairs, corruption and more, which he alleged were committed by Keeler and county officials.
Gordon is challenging Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente in the Republican Primary on June 25th.
Read the complete order by Judge Dwyer, below.