EDITED/UPDATED: 07 January 2011
This map shows our understanding of current issuance policies for "full carry" handgun licenses througout the state. If you can provide additonal or updated information regarding issuance policies in a county, please do so!
Under our rationale, a jurisdiction is "green" if it will (as a general proposition) issue full carry licenses to qualified private citizens. A county that requires applicants to hold restricted licenses for a period of time, to complete a training course, and/or to specifically ask for a license to carry is green if it will generally issue full carry licenses to individuals who meet the requirements.
In "yellow" counties private citizens have some reasonable chance of obtaining a full carry license, but a qualified private citizen has no reasonable assurance that he or she will be able to obtain such a license. The relative difficulty of obtaining a license varies widely among the yellow counties. In many counties it is simply a matter of which judge is assigned to review one's application.
"Red" juridictions generally presume that private citizens do not have "proper cause" within the meaning of the Penal Law. It is highly unlikely that a red jurisdiction will issue a full carry license to a private citizen. "Don't bother applying."
Original Post Follows:
I updated the pistol license map. A "green" county will generally issue unrestricted licenses to private citizens, but applicants may be required to meet conditions, such as holding a restricted license for a period of time, completing training, and/or providing some reasonable explanation of need.
A "yellow" county issues restricted licenses to private citizens, but private citizens may be able to demonstrate proper cause and obtain full carry licenses. A private citizen applicant has some reasonable chance of obtaining an unrestricted license if he or she is diligent and persistent.
A "red" county generally presumes that private citizens do not have proper cause. A private citizen is highly unlikely to obtain an unrestricted license.
The colors are not meant to represent the "ease" of obtaining a pistol license (restricted or unrestricted) or the speed at which applications or amendments are processed. The colors only represent the counties' general policies for determining whether private citizen applicants have "proper cause" for unrestricted licenses.
Someone had suggested hot-linking this to the county-by-county list of requirements, and I think that would be a good idea.
EDIT: Updated map below...