It shouldn’t take a year to get a pistol permit. That’s what Edward Garrett thinks. Garrett moved to New York three years ago from South Dakota. He found the process to get a pistol permit long, arbitrary and onerous. He felt it infringed on his “right to keep and bear arms”. He feels so strongly about this that he is suing New York State along with 8 other plaintiffs. According to the Buffalo News:
The suit, filed on behalf of the local Libertarian Party, points to the time and cost involved in applying for a permit – they claim it can take up to a year – to suggest that the law is overly burdensome and therefore a violation of the Second Amendment.
The plaintiffs also take issue with the various local governments charged with issuing permits and claim the decision-making on who gets them and who doesn’t can vary greatly from county to county.
“The law is arbitrary in both its scope and authority,” said Richard Cooper, a Nassau County businessman and a former state chairman of the Libertarian Party. “That’s inherently unfair.”
Garrett said the suit is intended, at least in part, to get people talking about the permit process.
The Libertarian Party is right in their desire to expedite the gun-owning process. How quickly should it be? Certainly not one year. As an example, in Colorado, you can walk into a gun dealer, purchase a gun and walk away with it after passing the instantaneous background check. Lately such a check has taken about 5 minutes.
On the other hand, NY State wants you to wait a year…and I would bet the process gets longer each year in an effort to dissuade honest people the right to protect themselves and their families.
Do you think New York’s permit process is legitimate or do you feel Mr. Garrett has a good case? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.