Background: I put in for a pistol permit in NYC (they do exist! there's just no ccw unless you "know someone") and they told me to call in two months. Today was two months. I just talked to my "investigator" and he says I need to submit additional documentation- three "character references" from people who are unrelated to me, signed and notarized. What a joke. There was no mention of character references on the application form. Anyone have any experience with these? I will not have a problem coming up with three friends, but I'm wondering what to tell them to say. And also, I wanted to vent. Do other states do this?