Post-McDonald suit challenges NYC permit fees
Plaintiffs are Second Amendment Foundation, NY State Rifle and Pistol Association, and individuals. The challenge is to NY City's $340 charge for a three year "premises" permit, which allows possession in the home. An interesting issue is that (outside of NYC), premises permit fees are capped at $10, but the State law allows NYC to set whatever fee it desires. Hat tip to reader Nick L. ...
In 1968 I obtained a rifle and shotgun permit for a whole $15 for three years. When I renewed in 1971 it was $45 but pretty much stayed there. Forget about a premises permit, unless you were related to a high ranking copy or a politician you were not getting one. An in NY state? No big deal just about anyone could get a premises and shooting it outdoors was no big deal. Did in a whole lot of cans with my Uncle's Colt target Woodsman.
Posted by: Rich at April 14, 2011 06:39 PM
As an NYC handgun licensee, I’m not entirely sold on this suit. They’re challenging the $340 fee on grounds which I think are shaky, but worse, it does nothing to keep the state from deciding, “okay...we’re going to charge everyone 340 dollars.” What they should have done is to challenge the very existence of the fee. You shouldn’t have to pay any fee to exercise a fundamental right. And even if they win, there’s still the $95 fingerprinting fee for people applying for the first time.
I think it’s going to be an uphill battle because of the position they’ve taken.
Posted by: Graystar at April 14, 2011 08:10 PM
David, your just now posting this..lol....you need to get out more!
Posted by: 5thofNov at April 14, 2011 10:13 PM
I hope this is a class action suit seeking return of previous excessive fees and punitive damages, at least for the time period after McDonald.
Posted by: Critic at April 15, 2011 05:38 PM