New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico, left, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are among those facing a federal lawsuit over the state’s longstanding pistol permit requirements. (Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP)

A number of New York residents backed by a county Libertarian party have filed suit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others over the state’s restrictive handgun permitting rules.

Named as plaintiffs in the case are the Libertarian Party of Erie County as well as seven local residents who claim to have been denied access to firearms due to New York’s Sullivan Act. The law, one of the first gun control statutes in the nation, dates back to 1911 and requires anyone desiring a firearm small enough to be concealed to obtain a permit.

However, permits in some cases can be elusive, as one plaintiff, Edward Garrett, can attest to after waiting three years without success.

“Whatever happened to the words ‘shall not be infringed?’” Garrett asked The Buffalo News.

The suit by Garrett and other area Libertarians was filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and name Cuomo, state Attorney Gen. Eric Schneiderman and State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico in their official capacity as defendants.

In their 17-page complaint the plaintiffs argue there are a number of unconstitutional roadblocks to obtaining a pistol permit in the Empire State.

“The permit process involves a massive invasion of privacy, forcing the applicant to identify his or her closest friends who are then subjected to…

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