Percent of NYC's adult population with handgun permits

With the shooting at the Empire State Building on Friday, I thought that I would show how hard it is to own or carry a handgun is in New York City.  There are 21,243 people in New York City with handgun permits.  With an adult population of 6,464,009 adults in 2012, that comes to a rate of about 0.3%.  Yet, only a fraction of these people are allowed to carry a concealed handgun.  In 2011, there were "about 4,000" permit holders, just 0.062%.  To put it differently, that is about 1 in every 2,570 adults.  And these aren't the adults that you would typically see just walking down the street.  The list included: Donald Trump Jr., Robert DeNiro, and Ronald Lauder.  As Bloomberg.com reported last year, "In New York City, it’s nearly impossible for most applicants to get concealed-carry permits."

The New York Post had a list in April 22, 2012 of those with permits to own a handgun, and they were quite prominent individuals.

Ronald Lauder: Worth $3.3 billion, No. 103 on Forbes 
Donald Trump: Worth $2.9 billion, No. 128 on Forbes 400 
Joseph Sitt: Coney Island developer with assets of $1 billion 
Andrew Farkas: Island Capital CEO used to employ Andrew Cuomo. 
Richard Fields: Hard Rock casino mogul 
Howard Stern: Recently inked $400 million deal with Sirius 
John Catsimatidis: Gristedes CEO worth $2 billion, No. 212 on Forbes 
John Mack: Former Morgan Stanley CEO 
Larry Gluck: Real-estate mogul owns Independence Plaza and heads Stellar Management. 
Adam Rose: Owner of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. 
Isaac Perlmutter: Marvel comics CEO worth $1.9 billion, No. 263 on Forbes. 
Tommy Mottola: Bronx-born recording exec worth $100 million 
George Klein: Real-estate mogul, CEO of Park Tower Group 
Ivan Seidenberg: Former Verizon CEO made $62 in 2009-2011 
Dana Duneier: CEO of Madison Avenue jeweler Clyde Duneier 
Albert Fried: Managing director of venerable Wall Street firm Albert Fried & Company. 
Martin Goodstein: Founder of Goodstein Management 
Donald Trump Jr.: First son of The Donald works for the Trump Organization. 
Eric Trump: Third son of Donald, he’s also in the family biz.
Note that the killer at the Empire State Building, Jeffrey Johnson, was not a concealed handgun permit holder.
Police say Johnson used a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun -- which held eight rounds -- and was carrying extra ammunition in his briefcase. He purchased the weapon legally in 1991 in Florida, but did not have a permit to carry it in New York City. . . .
Nor did he have a permit to even have the gun in New York City.
A loaded magazine was found in Johnson's briefcase. Johnson legally bought the gun in Florida in 1991, but he didn't have a permit to possess it in New York City, authorities said. . . . .
Despite another shooting in a gun-free zone, New York politicians issued calls for more gun control within three hours of the shooting. From the New York Daily News:
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: “For those of us in government, and in law enforcement, the news of yet another mass shooting so close on the heels of the massacres at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and in Aurora, Colorado, should make it crystal clear that our current laws have failed to protect the public from gun violence. We must redouble our efforts to protect public safety so that New Yorkers don’t have to live in fear of the next deadly attack.” 
Rep. Charlie Rangel: "We must unite to focus our policies on enacting stricter gun control laws" . . . 
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: "today's incident points to the need for sensible gun laws that ensure the safety and security of all." 
State Sen. Michael Gianaris: “It is long past time to fix our gun laws to prevent future tragedies from occurring.” 
State Sen. Jose Peralta: "The tragedy is yet another horrific reminder of the urgent need to act to curb gun violence and end the bloodshed on our streets." 
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer: "We must redouble our efforts to pass tougher gun laws . . . ." 
The New Republic had this headline within a few hours of the Empire State Building shooting: "In Wake of Empire State Building Shooting, Will Politicians Finally Get Serious About Gun Control?" 

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Blogger A "Shotgun" Gold said...

It's interesting that the NY Attorney General would call this a "mass shooting" when the perpetrator shot only one person, and the police shot ten people. I guess it was a "police mass shooting?"

8/27/2012 5:25 PM  

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