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NYPD tells who packs a piece

Actors Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, property developer Donald Trump and shock jock Howard Stern, not to mention a number of judges and senior politicians, are among those who can legally carry a loaded gun.

The news follows a review of gun permits after the former NYPD licensing head was accused of rubber-stamping permits for Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, from the rock group Aerosmith, in return for concert tickets and backstage passes.

Since then there has been a crackdown on the issuing of all types of licences and the revocation of several which were either not kept up to date or whose owners were disqualified by an arrest or other incident.

The newly-released data show just how widespread gun ownership is among New York's beau-monde. The figures also reveal how widespread the infractions of the rules are. Among those who have had their licences revoked was the comedienne Joan Rivers, and the anti-gun crusading state senator from the Bronx, Guy Velella.

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