I've never tried to apply to get one, looked into it and was just too much of a hassle, not worth my time. I live upstate so it's a lot more country and gun friendly than nyc, which is super strict on guns. So I can go buy a shotgun or hunting rifle with a license and a quick bg check and be fine, pistols are more complicated no assault rifles allowed in the state, I don't think. I moved into a rough neighborhood in the city and thought about buying a shotgun just in case something crazy happened, but I've never been a gun guy and haven't felt the need to get one yet. One of my best friends (we go way back) lives out in Buffalo and is an avid hunter, been trying to get me to go out there and shoot some deer with him but haven't taken him up on the offer yet. yeah mace and tasers are good shit and nonlethal but effective.