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Posted: 8/10/2003 1:02:36 PM EST


New York Post, August 10, 2003 -- The following are the steps to putting a finger on the trigger:

* The four-page NYPD gun-permit application is available from any precinct station house.

Applicants must list a reason for wanting a gun, name the last five places of employment, reveal any arrests or convictions, medications, history of psychological problems, any rejection from civil service and instances when they have testified in court. Plans for safeguarding the weapon must be detailed.

Applicants also pledge, by signature, a knowledge of city gun laws, a willingness to take gun-safety training, and that they are not unlawful users of pot or other narcotics.

* A notarized application can be filed with the Handgun License Division at 1 Police Plaza, accompanied by two nonrefundable postal money orders made out to the NYPD: one for $255, the other for $99. Applicants are fingerprinted on the application.

* NYPD verifies information on the application through background checks that include work history and mental state.

Any concerns at this stage of the process can result in a rejection.

Unsuccessful applications can be appealed through the courts.

* About four to six weeks later, applicants still in the running are asked to come to Police Headquarters to be interviewed.

They can be asked to provide further proof of a need for a gun with documents including tax records and police reports of a threat.

* If a letter of preliminary approval is then granted, applicants can use that document to purchase a gun. Once a gun is bought, applicants must bring it to headquarters to be inspected.

The entire process can take six to eight weeks. Note: This must be a mistake, it took me 5 months and 29 days.

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Link Posted: 8/10/2003 7:43:11 PM EST
Wait a sec...

You need a reason to get one?

I always thought it was hard but... I mean... Jeez.
Link Posted: 8/11/2003 3:03:23 AM EST
Target shooting is a valid reason.
Link Posted: 8/11/2003 5:10:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/11/2003 5:11:26 AM EST by BillStClair]
He appears to be talking about a New York CITY permit, which is much harder to come by than a county pistol permit. The Big Apple requires a permit to possess any firearm (as commonly understood, not as defined in the penal code), including rifles and shotguns.
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 9:17:57 AM EST
Yes trying to get a NYC permit is a pain. Your lucky only 5 months and 21 days. Some people I know have been on a list for over a year.
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 1:13:50 PM EST
Or you can just go through the Academy for 6 months and get carry privileges all over NYS 24-7.
Link Posted: 8/12/2003 8:37:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Vinnie:
Or you can just go through the Academy for 6 months and get carry privileges all over NYS 24-7.

Except that you might end up in TB if you do.
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