Earlier this year, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota told members of the Staten Island Tea Party that New Yorkers should be able to get gun permits in a "fair and speedy" manner. But the issue has picked up more traction because of the Tea Party's government shutdown antics—and because a newly-obtained video shows that Lhota is kind of a liar.

On October 1st, NY1 reports that Lhota characterized his April meeting with the Tea Party members as involving a "huge, verbally violent discussion of gun control and what it means to New York City." However, one of the Tea Party members gave NY1 a video of the meeting, which shows Lhota telling them, "The city of New York, though, goes to an extreme with their, bureaucracy is not even strong enough of a word, it's almost a level of harassment at a certain point, and it needs to change. There's something that should be fair and speedy about being able to get a gun permit."

SITP co-founder Frank Santarpia told the Staten Island Advance, "It was friendly banter back and forth." Santarpia also understands that Lhota is trying to beat Bill 'Pinko Commie Sandinista' de Blasio but is "disappointed [Lhota] found the need to triangulate on the back" of the SITP.

For his part, Lhota claimed that he was telling the SITP that the gun permit renewal process needed to be speedy, “The question was about being able to get a new permit. You know, you need to have one every year-these are people who legally have guns who have shown that they have a need for it. What’s gone on is, those people who legitimately need it, it’s getting harder and harder and harder for getting the renewal license, which is required and should be required once a year."