Friday, October 31, 2008

Only rich celebrities need apply, though

From the Big Apple:
Go ahead, Met fans - make their day.

Sluggers David Wright and Carlos Delgado are two of the city's newest young guns - both were granted pistol permits over the last year.

Wright's permit allows him to keep a handgun at his $6 million Flatiron District penthouse. The Met third baseman, a 25-year- old Virginia native, is no stranger to pistols; his father is a police chief.

First baseman Delgado, 36, applied for a permit to carry a gun - which was denied - but was granted permission to keep one in his Upper East Side apartment, according to a source familiar with the process.

Former Met Shawn Green, 35, also applied for a carry permit last year, but was denied, the source said.

Wright and Delgado, whose team has enraged and disappointed fans two years in a row with late-season collapses, are among some 36,000 people with gun permits in the Big Apple - a list that includes celebrities, billionaires and politicians.
"The process can be intimidating and grueling. It may take up to 18 months," said Manhattan lawyer John Chambers, who has specialized in gun licenses for 20 years. "And New York is probably one of the most difficult cities in which to get a concealed-carry license."
Among those permitted to carry guns are Robert De Niro, artificial-heart inventor Robert Jarvik, Donald Trump and billionaire supermarket king John Catsimatidis.

Article here. I believe the 36,000 permit number is for permits to merely keep a gun in your residence, not carry permits. This, in a city of eight million.

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