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Hundreds Of NYC Bodega Workers Applying For Gun Permits Amid Violent Thefts

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In response to rising violent theft in New York City, hundreds of bodega workers are seeking concealed-carry gun permits, facilitated by the United Bodegas of America union.

The union has assisted over 230 bodega owners in applying for firearm licenses, aiming to protect themselves from armed criminals targeting their stores.

The surge in gun ownership follows a series of high-profile deadly crimes in bodegas, as well as an increase in retail theft and other criminal activities in the city. (Trending: Olympic Gold Medalist Sentenced For Jan 6)

“Anyone that’s out there looking to rob us, hurt us, kill us – beware,” said the bodega union spokesman, Fernando Mateo.

“You may be walking into the wrong bodega because now we have the same firepower you have,” warned Mateo.

The union also helps connect new members with a firearms training program.

The move reflects a broader trend, with about a quarter of the National Supermarket Association’s members also carrying guns.

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