Gun Groups Sue Over NYC Licensing Fees

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011  |  Updated 9:39 AM EDT
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Gun Groups Sue Over NYC Licensing Fees

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Gun-rights advocates have filed a lawsuit against New York City over the application fee to obtain a handgun permit.

The Second Amendment Foundation and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association filed their lawsuit Tuesday in federal court. They say that the fee the city charges to keep a handgun is so high it conflicts with the Second Amendment.

The fee is $340 plus a $94.25 charge for a fingerprint check.

Tom King, president of the state gun group, said government should not place "arbitrary financial constraints" on would-be gun owners.

A spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg said the mayor supports the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns.

Bloomberg is a gun-control advocate and the founder of a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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