I have decided to join your very informative forum. I am a former Marine with 2 tours in Iraq under my belt. I also was a banker for 3 years and have recently gone back to school while all this junk is going on in the financial world (hopefully i can get a job when I am done!) I try very hard to stay current with 2nd ammendment issues and have enjoyed reading many of your posts. I am in the process of aplying for my permit and hope to recieve it without any restrictions. If you are not familiar with the NYS application process....... well then your lucky cause you dont live here! It is a very lengthy process and seems to be developed to deter people from applying. I want to thank everyone here for thier great posts that have helped me through this process. Hopefully I will soon be able to excercise my right to protect myself and my family.