A New York City court just ruled that it’s perfectly legal and constitutional for the city to charge $340 for the right to own a handgun. In almost every other place in New York the handgun license fee is only $3 or $10 at the most.
So what excuse does the city have for charging so much for NYC city residents to exercise their 2nd amendment right? A lousy one if you ask us. The AP reports:
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the $340 handgun fee for a three-year license was legal for the same reasons that fees imposed on those seeking to stage a rally or a parade are constitutional.
“Imposing fees on the exercise of constitutional rights is permissible when the fees are designed to defray (and do not exceed) the administrative costs of regulating the protected activity,” the appeals court said.
Got that? So basically it sounds like NYC is comparing owning a gun to staging a rally or parade. Notice the language here as well, “costs of regulating the protected activity”. If it sounds a little cryptic, there is good reason for that. What regulation costs are involved is unclear, but for some reason it will cost $330 more to do the same things that other cities in the same state do for around $5.
But if you want to real reason for this court ruling you have to consider that NYC has a history of violating 2nd amendment rights. A lawyer representing NYC exposed the true reason why this handgun permit costs so much.
Susan Paulson, a lawyer for the city, said the court “properly recognized that the city’s licensing process is designed to promote public safety and prevent gun violence.”
So how does a huge handgun fee prevent gun violence? In actuality it doesn’t because the ones committing the crimes are getting their guns illegally. But if you are a gun control advocate who swallows everything that nanny Bloomberg feeds you then a high handgun permit fee means more people can’t afford to buy a gun.
In essence this is gun control through highway robbery. And since the poorer communities are more likely to be victims of gun violence, a $340 fee does more to ensure more victims of violence than to prevent them. And since after 3 years the permit will have to be renewed, it will place an even heavier burden on anyone seeking to exercise their 2nd amendment rights and protect themselves.
For many in the city this is tantamount to a handgun ban, and it’s no secret that the city has this as an endgame in mind. Nonetheless, it should fire up any gun owner when unconstitutional decisions like this are made, and with the court’s blessing beside.