New York City's law isn't as strict as that of the Columbia district, but it's close. In New York City one needs a permit from the police department to keep a handgun at home. The problem is that the permitting process is entirely at the discretion of government officials. Mayor Bloomberg could instruct his police department to draw up a lawful licensing system that gives law-abiding, mentally sound adults with good vision the right to keep and bear a handgun. But Mayor Bloomberg has a hostility to this civil right that leaves little room for even those who feel they need to protect themselves in their own homes to keep and bear an arm.
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