Judge: NYC Pistol Licensing Fees Are Legal

Gun rights advocates sued last year, saying a $340 handgun license fee every three years is unconstitutional because it burdens a basic right.

Monday, Mar 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:54 PM EDT
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Judge: NYC Pistol Licensing Fees Are Legal

Kirk Weddle

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A New York judge says it's Constitutional for the city to charge an application fee for a handgun permit.

Federal Judge John Koelt Monday rejected a lawsuit brought by guns rights advocates including the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and the Second Amendment Foundation. They sued last year, saying a $340 handgun license fee every three years is unconstitutional because it burdens a basic right.

The judge says there's no evidence the fee has stopped anyone from exercising their rights. He says the city showed the fee helps cover administrative costs.

City Attorney Michael Cardoza says the ruling upholds the city's ability to conduct meaningful checks into applicants' qualifications. A lawyer for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond to a message for comment.

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