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Group Challenges NYC Handgun Fee

June 29, 2011 by  

A group is contesting a handgun fee in New York City.A brief was recently filed by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) asking for a summary judgment to strike down a fee for owning a handgun in New York City.

The organization says that the $340 fee the city requires for a handgun license is “inherently prohibitive.”

“The recurring $340 fee is plainly exclusionary and prohibitive because it far exceeds the comparable license fees charged by all other New York localities — and for that matter, by all other U.S. jurisdictions,” the legal brief reads. “A New York City resident who seeks to exercise his or her right to keep and bear arms by keeping a handgun at home must pay a total of $434.25 to obtain a license, which is equivalent to over 60 hours of work at the $7.25 minimum wage.”

The SAF has been fighting to preserve citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights in California as well. The group filed an amicus brief in a San Diego County case that challenges certain gun permit rules. According to the SAF, the rules give authorities too much power over who can receive a carry permit.

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