NYC Gun Owners Required To Pay Hundreds Of Dollars Annually, Lawsuit Claims


NYC gun owners required to pay hundreds of dollars annually, lawsuit claimsTwo gun rights groups and several New York City residents have filed a Federal lawsuit against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, alleging that the city's $340 fee for a handgun permit is "excessive."

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association filed the civil rights lawsuit on April 5. They were joined by five NYC residents.

SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said that the maximum fee for issuing a New York State handgun license is $10, but the measure exempts residents living in the Big Apple. Thus, the city can name its own price. He states that Bloomberg charges residents $340 to obtain the permit and more than $100 per year to keep the handgun in their homes.

The lawsuit claims that the annual fee "impermissibly burdens the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms," as well as violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

"Mayor Bloomberg is essentially taxing the fundamental right to defend one's self in his or her own home," said Gottlieb. "We cannot think of anything more egregious than perpetuating a fee structure that puts a financial obstacle in the way of citizens who want to protect their homes and families."

New York is one of only two States that requires residents to have a permit in order to keep a handgun at home, Gottlieb added. 

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