NYC permits for celebrities
From time to time reports come out on how, although handgun permits are rarely granted in New York City, celebrities seem to have little trouble getting them.
According to Reuters, NYC police arrested "DJ Star," a radio disk jockey, for threatening a rival over the air. "He was also ordered to surrender his gun license and a handgun."
Here's an article on the NYC permit system. Of the approximately 50,000 permits, 9,000 have been snatched up by non-police city employees. Other permittees include the publisher of the NY Times, Donald Trump, and Laurence Rockefeller, none of whom are especially likely to hang out in high crime areas. Here's another report -- the NY Time editor got his permit with the statement that he has special needs since he carries lots of cash. (One of the many paradoxes of the law is that wanting to protect yourself isn't sufficient grounds, but wanted to protect money and other valuables is).