Fox News chief Roger Ailes has a license to carry a firearm in New York City on his person at all times, according to the NYPD's newly released list of handgun-permit holders. And he's not alone among his Fox News colleagues: Prime-time shouter Sean Hannity also has a city license to carry a gun.
Both Ailes and Hannity have a "carry business" license from the NYPD, which permits them to carry a concealed weapon wherever they go in the city. It's illegal in New York City to possess a firearm without a license. The "carry business" permit is the least restrictive one that the city offers.
It doesn't come as much surprise that Ailes arms himself — a New York Times profile earlier this year reported that he's received numerous threats over the years and has had an intruder arrested on his property. "A sign outside his house shows an illustration of a gun and advises visitors that it is under video surveillance," the Times wrote. Hannity's license has been previously reported, but Ailes doesn't appear to have sought the permit until recently. A Fox News spokesperson didn't respond to a request for comment.
Other prominent New Yorkers on the permit list include Howard Stern, Don Imus, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and Estee Lauder heir Ron Lauder.
The 445-page list was released to The Upshot under New York's Freedom of Information Law. Various news outlets requested an updated copy of the list after a Bloomberg News story in December reported an increase in the number of Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street bankers seeking permits for protection.
We're going through the list right now looking for interesting or new names, and we'll bring them to you as we confirm them.