It's been two months since I've applied for my New York City handgun permit. I haven't yet received a letter from my assigned officer, so I called the licensing division. I was told they're backed up 8 months, so I should call back in June. I'm aware of the division scandal, where employees were illegally selling permits. The license division employee said there was a shakeup - they have new staff - so it sounds as though the scandal set things back.
Has anyone heard of a wait like this? Is it true, by law, they legally have to either approve or deny your application within 8 months?
I understand we have high crime in NYC, therefore we have strict gun laws. I agree with the law, extensive background checks, but this timeline they're now proposing to me seems excessive and a bit unconstitutional. I've never been arrested. I'm a family man with a solid work history. I'm active in my community here in Queens. There should be no reason, after handing in all requested paperwork, taking a legal law class (focusing on penal law 35), paying the exorbitant application fees, that they're not even looking at my application for six months... This is ridiculous.
The times they are 'a changing...