Bestselling weapons and how to get a gun license

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TOP HANDGUN SELLERS

Coliseum Gun Traders, Uniondale

1. Glock 26 ("Baby" Glock)

2. Glock 19

3. Smith & Wesson 340

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4. Ruger LCP (Light Compact Pistol)

5. Kimber 1911

Benson's Gun Shop, Coram

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1. Glock 26

2. Glock 19

3. Kel-Tec P-3AT

4. Ruger LCP

5. Smith & Wesson 2-inch .38

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A pistol license, which is granted by police departments in Nassau and Suffolk counties, is required to purchase a handgun on Long Island.

Some of the local regulations for owning a firearm:

In Nassau, applicants pay a $200 application fee plus a $94.25 fingerprinting fee and submit to a background screening process, which takes from four to six months, said Officer Erik Faltings of the pistol licensing section of the Nassau County Police Department.

In Suffolk, the application fee is $10 and fingerprinting costs $94.25, said Sgt. Michael Esposito, executive officer of Suffolk's pistol licensing bureau.

In both counties, the background check can include interviews with employers, relatives, friends and neighbors of the applicant, and checking for past criminal history.

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With few exceptions, applicants won't be cleared if they're convicted felons. And successful applicants must be deemed by police of good moral character.

A history of domestic violence or a conviction for a sex offense, even though the crime may not have been a felony, may disqualify an applicant, as may a poor driving history.

Lying on an application may also result in an automatic disqualification.

License holders are required to understand the state's laws for use of deadly physical force, as outlined in the state penal code.

There are two categories of licenses, premise licenses and carry licenses.

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Those break down into seven types: premise licenses are designated for storage at a specific location - a home or a business; business licenses are carry licenses for people who require a firearm to protect their livelihood, such as a jeweler; target/hunting licenses are for recreational use, at ranges, for example; licenses for security guards or armored-car drivers are carry licenses; full carry licenses are for people authorized to carry a handgun at all times; licenses for retired law enforcement officers and licenses for auxiliary officers are also carry licenses.

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