Shell shocker: Eatery faces backlash over hosting NRA fund-raiser after mass shooting

Shocked: With emotions still raw in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, many Brooklynites were outraged by news that borough staple Gargiulo’s restaurant would be hosting a fund-raiser for the Brooklyn Friends of the National Rifle Association in April.
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Local residents and pols blasted the top brass at Coney Island restaurant Gargiulo’s for announcing plans to host a fund-raiser for the National Rifle Association just two weeks after the deadly school shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The eatery agreed to host the Brooklyn Friends of the National Rifle Association’s second-annual fund-raiser on April 12 — including a raffle giving away guns — a move that riled locals and prompted an array of pols to issue a statement condemning the event.

“At a time when our country is mourning the loss of 17 lives in a mass shooting, it is profoundly disappointing that a storied Coney Island institution, with a long history of being a strong civic and community partner, is choosing to host a National Rifle Association fund-raising event that includes raffle giveaways of guns,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D–Marine Park), Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and state Sen. Diane Savino (D–Coney Island) in a joint statement.

The pols pointed out that hosting an event promoting firearms in Coney Island was particularly insulting to a neighborhood that has long struggled with gun violence.

“Bringing an event like this to Coney Island is an affront to all of the hard work that our community has done to address gun violence in our neighborho­od,” they wrote.

The gun giveaway will feature a shotgun, two pistols, and two rifles — among other prizes — up for grabs for attendees who enter a $50-per-ticket raffle and bid in an auction. Other guns and firearms merch are also on offer for individuals or organizations who sponsor the event with donations from $300 for “Liberty level” to $5,000 for “Patriot level.”

Borough President Adams said in a statement that raffling off guns was irresponsible, and that the eatery owners should instead focus on bolstering the voices and concerns of locals who support reasonable gun reform, adding that he has faith borough youngsters will follow in the footsteps of the Parkland teens calling for change.

“There are far more friends of gun reform in Brooklyn, including responsible gun owners like me, than friends of the NRA who think it’s responsible to raffle off rifles at a fund-raiser,” Adams said. “Students from Park Slope to Parkland are leading a national movement demanding action to save lives amid our gun-violence epidemic, and I believe our borough’s young people will have plenty to say about this event happening in our own backyard.”

The Brooklyn Friends of the National Rifle Association held two events in the borough last year, according to the New York Post — one at Gargiulo’s and one on a Sheepshead Bay party boat.

Locals have blasted the eatery on social media, with some promising they will boycott the restaurant if it goes through with hosting the event. And the pols said in their statement that Gargiulo’s owners should heed the calls to nix the event.

“There is no room in Coney Island or our city for events like this,” they said. “We urge Gargiulo’s to expeditiously cancel this event.”

A rep for Gargiulo’s said the eatery had no comment, and the National Rifle Association did not respond to a call for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 5:48 pm, July 9, 2018: Following this story's publication, the owners of Gargiulo’s reportedly cancelled its April fund-raiser for the National Rifle Association.
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Reasonable discourse

Nicole from Bensonhurst says:
Automatic weapons are not classy.
March 1, 2018, 6:03 am
Jay from Dumbo says:
Gargiulo’s is Italian for Gargoyle's?
March 1, 2018, 8:02 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
In the words of Ben Franklin:

Mind your business.
March 1, 2018, 8:45 am
Tyler from pps says:
Ooooh a gun raffle! What a civilized society we live in!
March 1, 2018, 9:42 am
Petey from Sunset park says:
So is free speak dead?
March 1, 2018, 10:08 am
Law And Disorder from Formally of Brooklyn Now N C says:
So The restaurant should turn away buisness because some do not like guns. The restaurant should turn away buisness because the neighborhood is plagued with crime and drugs. This sounds like LIB TARDS talking. How about un cuffing the Police to help clean up the area.
Jay from Dumbo go back were you came from.
March 1, 2018, 10:16 am
silly from Brooklyn says:
Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

Should we also ban cars, planes and other means that have been used in mass murders?

As long as we allow our desire for immediate gratification to overcome our sense of logics and understanding, the problem will prevail. Putting the blame on guns doesn't solve the problem and not solving the problem makes us all to blame.

Fight mental illness, not our rights.

For those that want to eat and support their legalized ideals, pls indulge.
March 1, 2018, 10:41 am
Joe from Coney from Coney Island says:
This was a bad business decision by the owners of this restaurant.
It just shows their insensitivity of what the anti-violence coalition of Coney Island mission is .
The owners of this restaurant would never allow a dinner dance and award ceremony for
Planned Parenthood because of the blowback they would get from the church. They would be sensitive to the mission of the ProLife advocates .Have they booked any same sex weddings at this establishment or would they ?
I have eaten at this restaurant for many years but this fiasco has left a bad taste in my mouth.
March 1, 2018, 11:06 am
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
They could move it to the Trump Soho Hotel. Oh, wait, that's not a Trump property any more.

In this case, I hope that people vote with the mouths and wallets.

And giving away guns in NYC—doesn't that violate all sorts of local NYS laws?
March 1, 2018, 12:32 pm
Frank from Furter says:
It's been cancelled.
March 1, 2018, 10:22 pm
JAD from Bay Ridge says:
Have the fund raiser at Cebu in Bay Ridge.
March 2, 2018, 7:17 am
Jon from Prospect Heights says:
You need a license to operate cars and planes so why not guns ?
Guns kill people
That’s what guns are designed to do.
Maybe you need a license as well as insurance.
I’m just saying
March 2, 2018, 9:34 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hills Have Eyes says:
Having an armed citizenry helped keep the Swiss neutral for more than 200 years.
March 2, 2018, 12:03 pm
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hills Have Eyes says:
Jon from Prospect Heights:

People who have been convicted of a crime or have an alcohol or drug addiction aren't allowed to buy guns in Switzerland.

The law also states that anyone who "expresses a violent or dangerous attitude" won't be permitted to own a gun.

Gun owners who want to carry their weapon for "defensive purposes" also have to prove they can properly load, unload, and shoot their weapon and must pass a test to get a license.
March 2, 2018, 12:12 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
before we get rid of the second amendment we should get rid of first amendment - do things in order

of course you have the right to own a gun - the question is when does your right to use it or not use it alpha omega
March 3, 2018, 10:23 am
—— from tats says:
^^^Grade A Moron^^^
March 3, 2018, 5:34 pm

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