I recently picked up my NYC CCW. I have a NYS CCW which was approved for NYC. I am not politically connected and did not pay a penny more than the fees on the application. It did require a lot of "proof" as to why I believe I have a justified cause to carry while in NYC. I agree that the rules are tough regarding getting the license. My only offer of advice to anyone going for this license is this: DO NOT SAY IT IS YOUR 2A RIGHT. I do agree that it is your right, but they don't. They are required to prove why your shouldn't carry. Don't give them the opportunity. I believe this will work for all May Issue states.