NYC Gun Owners Misfire in Legal Challenge – As dusk settled over the city Monday, a federal judge ruled that New York City won its showdown with handgun owners who challenged a $340 residential licensing fee as unconstitutional.  A city attorney applauded the ruling, saying the fees were needed to do the exhaustive background checks that keep New York City safe.  “The city has some of the strongest laws in the nation to ensure that guns do not fall into the hands of criminals,” Michael A. Cardozo said. “Today’s decision rejects a constitutional challenge to home handgun application and renewal fees, upholds our ability to conduct meaningful background checks, and helps preserve policies that have helped make New York the safest big city in the nation.”