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New York Gun Laws

New York gun laws are some of the toughest in the United States. There are separate laws for New York state and New York City where you are required to have a license for both long guns and handguns. The New York state gun laws are regarded as very restrictive and operate on a “May Issue” policy at the local county level. This means that the issuance of a pistol license is entirely up to the issuing officer. As a rough rule the higher the population of a county the more restrictive the gun laws become with New York City being the most restrictive.

On the other side rural counties tend to have a more permissive attitude towards gun laws. Applications  for a pistol permit are filed at the police or sheriff’s department and can take 4-6 months for approval, some counties are reporting a wait of 14 months. Only handguns listed on the license can be used and all firearms must be registered with the State Police.

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New York reciprocity guide for CCW licenses

New York will not honor any other states concealed carry license. The one exception is a pistol license from New York City which are valid state wide.

New York will not honor any other states concealed carry license. The one exception is a pistol license from New York City which are valid state wide.

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Overview of the New York pistol license

  • Issue policy – May Issue

  • Issued to – Residents only

  • License Fee – $20 varies between counties

  • License Valid – 5 years to lifetime

There are seven types of pistol licenses available in New York. Here we list what they are and what requirements are needed to qualify. Be aware that that the application process for a pistol license varies from easy to difficult depending on what county you reside in.

Applications for a Pistol license are made in the persons County or City of residence to the sheriff or police department or in some cases a separate licensing authority. Most licensing authorities are usually a county judge or sometimes a supreme court judge.

Applicants will be required to supply with their application four personal references from persons that are not related to them.

There are several types of pistol license available but generally the most common types issued are the concealed carry and possess on premises licenses. Both licenses can be endorsed with restrictions such as only to be carried during hunting or travelling to or from target practice.

Generally non-residents are not issued pistol permits. However, in 2013 the New York Appeals Court ruled in Osterweil v. Bartlett, 999 N.E.2d 516, that part time residents in New York are eligible for pistol permits under the state laws.

New York Non-Resident License is valid in:
AK, AL, AR, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MO, MS, MT, NC, NY, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI

NY Penal Code 400 4. – Applications.
(a) Applications shall be made and renewed, in the case of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver, to the licensing officer in the city or county, as the case may be, where the applicant resides, is principally employed or has his principal place of business as merchant or storekeeper; and, in the case of a license as gunsmith or dealer in firearms, to the licensing officer where such place of business is located.

The requirement to complete a handgun safety course for a new pistol license applications varies with various counties. Some require no training while other counties may ask you to complete a 4 or 8 hour course.

Types of pistol licenses available

As listed in Section 400.00 2. – New York Penal Code

  • (a) Premise Dwelling – Have and possess in his dwelling by a householder.
  • (b) Premise Business – Have and possess in his place of business by a merchant or storekeeper.
  • (c) Bank or Express Messenger – Have and carry concealed while so employed by a messenger employed by a banking institution or express company.
  • (d) Justice of The Supreme Court 1st or 2nd Judicial Dept. or Judge of NYC Civil or Criminal Court – Have and carry concealed by a justice of the supreme court in the first or second judicial departments, or by a judge of the New York City civil court or the New York City criminal court.
  • (e) Employee Of Corrections – Have and carry concealed while so employed by a regular employee of an institution of the state, or of any county, city, town or village, under control of a commissioner of correction of the city or any warden, superintendent or head keeper of any state prison, penitentiary, workhouse, county jail or other institution for the detention of persons convicted or accused of crime or held as witnesses in criminal cases, provided that application is made therefore by such commissioner, warden, superintendent or head keeper.
  • (f) Proper Cause – Have and carry concealed, without regard to employment or place of possession, by any person when proper cause exists for the issuance thereof.
  • (g) Antique Pistols – Have, possess, collect and carry antique pistols which are defined in section 400.00 subd. 2(i)(ii)(1)(2)

Licensing officers

Contacting the licensing officer in the county you intend to apply for a license in and asking what the procedure is should be the first thing you do as the procedure will be different in every county.

There are 55 licensing jurisdictions out  of a total of 59 that issue a pistol license through the court system, a judge serves as the licensing officer. It is left to the local Police to conduct any background checks.

In the other jurisdictions, Nassua, Suffolk Counties and New York City,  the role of licensing officer is assigned to the Police Commissioner or Sheriff.

Requirements to qualify for a New York pistol license

  • Must be 21 years of age or older, provided, however, that where such applicant has been honorably discharged from the United States army, navy, marine corps, air force or coast guard, or the national guard of the state of New York, no such age restriction shall apply.
  • Some counties may require you to complete a firearms safety course.
  • Reside or maintain a principal place of business within the county application is filed in.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Is not subject to a protective court order.
  • Show proper cause exists for the issuance of a carry license, including, for example, target shooting, hunting, or self-defense.
  • Have no prior conviction for a felony or other serious offense under NYS Penal Law.
  • No good cause exists for the denial of the license.
  • Not be residing in the United States illegally or unlawfully.
  • Not have been admitted to the United States under a non-immigrant visa.
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • Have not had a guardian appointed for him or her pursuant to any provision of state law, based on a determination that as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, mental illness, incapacity, condition or disease, he or she lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage his or her own affairs.
  • Be free from any mental disorders, defects or diseases that would impair his or her ability to safely possess or use a firearm.
  • Have not been involuntarily committed to a facility under the jurisdiction of the department of mental hygiene.
  • Have not had a license revoked or who is not under a suspension or ineligibility order.
  • Federal Law Requirements

How to apply for a New York pistol license

Follow these steps to obtain a pistol license;

There are so many laws and regulations in New York regarding guns and licenses that obtaining a permit can be a long process. There are 59 licensing jurisdictions and each one has a slightly different procedure. We have used Erie County as an example but the process will vary with each county.

  1. You may need to do a handgun safety course in some counties.
  2. Download the State application in the forms section on this page. You will need the State form and a County form, we only have the State form available.
  3. You will need four character references and two 2″ x 2″ photos.
  4. You must submit the applications in person.
  5. The Fingerprinting process is explained and done after you submit your application.
  6. You will undergo various background checks by New York State, FBI and an interview by local police.
  7. Your Application is then submitted to one of the Licensing Judges for consideration.
  8. You will be notified by mail of your approval or denial.
  9. If approved, you can purchase and/or co-register a handgun.

Non-Residents
More counties are now issuing CCW licenses to non-residents. In fact in 2013 the  US Court of Appeals ruled that a non-resident was entitled to a license, though the person in question lived part time in New York.

400.00.3 New York Penal Code – Non-resident permits

How to renew your New York pistol license

Renewal procedures vary for each of the 59 licensing jurisdictions.

Licenses valid for – 5 years
Nassua, Suffolk and Westchester counties

Licenses valid for – 2 years
New York City

Licenses valid for – Lifetime
Most other counties

Recertification
All handgun licenses in New York state now need to be re-certified every five years with the New York State Police.

  • You will need to provide the following information every 5 years;
    • Date of Birth
    • Gender
    • Race
    • Address
    • Social Security number
    • Firearms possessed
  • If you do not supply this information then after 5 years your license will be invalid and you will need to apply for a new license.
  • Recertification applies to all counties and types of handgun licenses including lifetime licenses.
  • All the counties located upstate with the exception of Westchester have a lifetime license.

Schedule of fee's for a New York pistol license

Fees vary for each county but are similar to the fees listed here.

Application TypeOriginalRenewal
Individual$20$10 varies by county
Duplicate$18 
Name, Address change$3 
County transfer$8 

Acccepted forms of payment
Certified check, cashiers check or money order.

Note
An additional fee of $10 may be charged for processing your fingerprints.

Essential forms for a New York pistol license

All the forms you need for a New York pistol license can be found here. The processing times vary greatly depending on what county the form is filed in.

Guide to transporting firearms through New York

Transporting firearms through New York can be a risky business. People have been arrested at airports in New York just for declaring they had a firearm.

We advice you to take extreme caution when transporting any handgun through New York state.

If you do not have a valid New York Pistol License and try to transport a firearm through a New York airport the chances are good that you will be arrested, even if the firearm is encased correctly and declared.

You cannot rely on the Federal Firearm Owners Protection Act to protect you at airports, it is only valid when traveling in a vehicle. This was confirmed in 2013 when the US court of Appeals, Third Circuit, ruled in case No. 12-3621 that the federal Firearm Owners Protection Act, section 926A of Title 18 does not protect persons travelling through an airport. So if you do not have a New York pistol license then our advice is not to attempt taking any weapon through a New York airport. If you have watched the video on this page then you will see what the consequences are for persons without a New York license.

Federal Law
Even transporting a firearm by vehicle through New York state can be risky if you do not have a New York firearms license. We rely on the federal Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) to protect us on interstate travel. But there have been cases where the New York Police have arrested persons who had fully complied with the law, the police simply ignored the federal law.  The New York State Police and the New York police Department do not recognize the FOPA and will arrest travelers passing through the state even if they have complied with the law. They will leave it up to the courts to sort out. This means you could end up in a jail cell for a few days waiting for the courts to release you.

 

So how can we avoid that? You could try taking a copy of the FOPA, (Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 44 926A) with you to show any officers if you were stopped. But in my opinion they would be to busy to read it or not even understand the law if they did read it, after all they are not lawyers. And if they have been instructed to ignore the FOPA then no amount of debate with them will help you.

If you travel through New York City then you are required to follow the state law. You must have a New York state pistol license with the firearm and ammo in separate locked boxes and placed in the trunk. You are not permitted to stop in the city.

Off-limit places in New York for carrying a firearm

Off-Limits

  • Courthouses
  • Government buildings – in certain cities and counties
  • New York airports
  • Building or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college, or university
  • Within the city of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued by the police commissioner of that city
  • At any facility operated or licensed by the Office of Mental Health
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

Places Allowed

  • Forestry lands, owned and maintained by the State University of New York College of environmental science and forestry
  • All areas of the state – except those listed as Off-Limits.

A state issued New York Pistol license is not valid in the 5 counties that make up New York City. No handguns can be taken into the city unless New York City has validated your licence.

New rules for re-certification of licenses

Overview

Recertification of New York Pistol Licenses is now required with the introduction of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act also known as the NY SAFE Act. The law was enacted in January 2013 in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The recertification provision was just one of many that as the Governor claimed gave New York the toughest gun laws in the country.

Requirements

You will need to check the date when your Pistol License was issued. If it was more than 5 years ago then your permit will become invalid on January 31, 2018. Please take note of the following;

  • All holders of a New York Pistol License are now required to re-certify their license every 5 years.
  • This applies to all types of handgun licenses including those issued for a lifetime with no expiry date.
  • Failure to re-certify your pistol license will result in it becoming invalid if it has been more than 5 years since it was issued.
  • You should receive notification in the mail that you need to re-certify.
  • If you receive no letter for recertification that cannot be used as an excuse for not re-certifying your license.
  • It is the responsibility of the license holder to know when their license expires

How recertification works

You can re-certify you pistol license online or by mailing in a form. The online process also allows you to check the status of your re-certification.

Online
Visit the state recertification website and follow the online guide. You will need a state drivers license or ID card and the last four digits in your social security number.

Mail
Download the form in our forms section. Fill out the details and mail to;

New York State Police,
Pistol Permit Bureau,
Building 22, 1220 Washington Avenue,
Albany, New York 12226-2252

Status Check
Go here to obtain a status report on your New York license recertification.

Counties with different procedures

The following counties cannot use the state recertification system;

  • New York City
  • Nassua County
  • Suffolk County
  • Winchester County.

You will need to re-certify through the county your license was issued in.

New York gun laws & statutes you need to know

New York state building

If you are serious about carrying a handgun in New York then you need to know the laws listed below. There are so many laws and regulations in New York regarding firearms that it may seem overwhelming to know them all. If you only make yourself familiar with the laws in this section you will be of to a good start

Summary table

SubjectHandgunsLong GunsNotes
Carry permit requiredYesNoPolicy is May Issue. Generally it is harder to obtain a permit closer to big NY cities.
Purchase permit requiredYesNoOutside New York city, Suffolk and Nassau counties permits to purchase a handgun are issued by County or State Supreme Court Judges.
Registration of firearmYesNoIt is illegal to possess an unregistered handgun.
Open carry allowedNoYesCarry permit holders must carry their handgun concealed.
Background checks on private gun sales requiredYesYesMust be through a licensed dealer.
Magazine size restrictionYesYesLimited to 10 rounds.

New York gun laws you need to know

NO

It is illegal to possess a loaded firearm in any motor vehicle without a valid New York License to Carry. However, federal law does permit a person to transport a firearm through New York state. We suggest you read the Transporting Firearms section on this page for more details and would not recommend you to rely on the Federal law in this state.

If you have a New York pistol license then you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle.

NO

There are no laws in New York statutes that mention open carry. Technically you could say it is legal by default. You may get away with it in some rural counties but if you try to open carry in town you will get a whole lot of problems. You could also raise the argument that a license is issued to conceal carry, hence the weapon must be concealed.

 

To carry any firearm in New York you need a New York license.

GunsToCarry recommends you do not open carry in New York state.

NO

There is no legal requirement to inform law enforcement you are carrying a handgun. However, the law does state you must carry your pistol license at all times when you have a handgun on your person and you must display the license to an officer if he requests to see your license.

N.Y. Pen. Law § 400.00

NO

It is illegal to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks: NO – Section 190 Dept. Lands
  • State/National Forests: NO – Section 190 Dept. lands
  • State Wildlife Management Areas: NO – Section 190 Dept. lands
  • Road Side Rest Areas:  NO – 17 CRR-NY IV C 156.12

We have not been able to find any statutes on gun signs in New York.. Gunstocarry recommends that you follow any gun signs whether they are backed up by the law or not.

YES

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

NO

New York does not have constitutional carry.

A well regulated militia beng necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed.
NY CIVIL RIGHTS LAW § 4

Off-limit statutes

All Permits shall be effective throughout the state, except that the same shall not be valid within the city of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued by the police commissioner of that city.

Criminal Possession of a Weapon in The Second Degree.

A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree when:

  • (1) with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, such person:
    • (a) possesses a machine-gun; or
    • (b) possesses a loaded firearm; or
    • (c) possesses a disguised gun; or
  • (2) such person possesses five or more firearms; or
  • (3) such person possesses any loaded firearm. Such possession shall not, except as provided in subdivision one or seven of section 265.02 of this article, constitute a violation of this subdivision if such possession takes place in such person’s home or place of business. Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree is a class C felony.

Public Campgrounds

a. Applicability. The following sections of this Part apply to persons using public campgrounds under the jurisdiction of the department unless specified otherwise in this section: 190.0, 190.1, 190.2, 190.8 and 190.9. The following additional requirements apply to public campgrounds and in the event of a conflict, these specific regulations will control:

3. Firearms may be possessed on the public campground only during the spring and fall hunting seasons. Unless otherwise posted, no discharge of firearms is permitted.

c. At Lake George Battlefield Park, the following additional regulations apply:

1. Hunting, trapping or possessing firearms on any portion of the Lake George Battlefield Park is prohibited at all times.

Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area

e. No person, other than employees of the department, State Police and police officers, shall possess, carry, discharge or use firearms, ammunition, explosives or explosive substances or fireworks on the area, except that during the small game and big game hunting seasons, provided for by law, firearms and bows and arrows may be possessed and discharged.

Foot Trail Easements–Adirondack Mountain Reserve

c. Prohibitions.

  1. No person shall enter upon trails 1 through 24 located on the Adirondack Mountain Reserve for purposes other than access to and egress from adjacent State-owned lands or hiking on these trails.
  2. No person shall carry firearms on Adirondack Mountain Reserve foot trail easements except at such times and on such trails as are hereinafter specified.
  3. No person shall carry a firearm or be accompanied by a person carrying a firearm under any circumstances when using Trails 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20 and 21.
  4. No person shall carry a firearm or be accompanied by a person carrying a firearm when using Trail 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 or 24 except during such part of the annual Big Game and Small Game Seasons in the Northern Zone as shall occur from October 15th through December 15th and from January 15th through March 15th.
  5. No person shall carry a firearm when otherwise permitted unless said firearm is unloaded and either securely fastened in a case or taken down as defined in section 180.3 of this Title.

Other CCW statutes

PRIVATE SALES

All private handgun sales must be processed through a licensed firearms dealer. The dealer is required to run a background check on the purchaser and then to provide documents relating to the check to the New York State Police. Furthermore, the purchaser must have a valid New York pistol license, a purchase document, and the handgun must be purchased within New York state.

It is a crime to transport a handgun purchased outside New York state into New York. The only legal way you can do this is to have a licensed dealer in another state ship the handgun to a dealer in New York state. This way you can obtain a receipt from the New York dealer and then register the handgun with the New York Police. The seller is required to visit the pistol permit office to have the sold handgun removed from their license. A receipt of the sale from the dealer will be required. We advice you to keep all documents relating to the sale or purchase of handguns just in case the weapon turns up at a future crime scene. You will need the following to buy a handgun;

  • New York Pistol License.
  • Purchase document for each handgun.

You can only possess handguns registered with the state.

PURCHASE DOCUMENTS

Before taking possession of a firearm you must supply the dealer with a purchase document. These can be obtained from the County Police Pistol License section. Before issuing a purchase document they will require a bill of sale from the dealer which has on it the make, model, type, caliber and serial number of the firearm plus confirmation the purchaser has passed a NCIS background check.

Purchase documents are valid for 20 days and the firearm must be presented to the state licensing unit within that period for inspection and so it can be entered onto the database.

PREEMPTION

There is partial state preemption over laws relating to handguns in New York and no preemption by the state over long guns. Some counties, New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo have enacted more restrictive gun laws for long guns and magazine limits.

Miscellaneous laws

Licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms.

1. Eligibility. No license shall be issued or renewed pursuant to this section except by the licensing officer, and then only after investigation and finding that all statements in a proper application for a license are true. No license shall be issued or renewed except for an applicant

  • (a) twenty-one years of age or older, provided, however, that where such applicant has been honorably discharged from the United States army, navy, marine corps, air force or coast guard, or the national guard of the state of New York, no such age restriction shall apply;
  • (b) Be of good moral character.
  • (c) who has not been convicted anywhere of a felony or a serious offense;
  • (d) who is not a fugitive from justice;
  • (e) who is not an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance as defined in section 21 U.S.C. 802;
  • (f) who being an alien
    • (i) is not illegally or unlawfully in the United States or
    • (ii) has not been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa subject to the exception in 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(2); (g) who has not been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • (h) who, having been a citizen of the United States, has not renounced his or her citizenship;
    • (i) who has stated whether he or she has ever suffered any mental illness;
  • (G) Be at least twenty-one years of age or older, provided, however, that where such applicant has been honorably discharged from the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard, or the National Guard of the State of New York, no such age restriction shall apply.
  • (H) Who has not had a license revoked or who is not under a suspension or ineligibility order issued pursuant to the provisions of section 530.14 of the criminal procedure law or section 842(a) of the family court act.
  • (I) Anyone who has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • (j) who has not been involuntarily committed to a facility under the jurisdiction of an office of the department of mental hygiene pursuant to article nine or fifteen of the mental hygiene law, article seven hundred thirty or section 330.20 of the criminal procedure law, section four hundred two or five hundred eight of the correction law, section 322.2 or 353.4 of the family court act, or has not been civilly confined in a secure treatment facility pursuant to article ten of the mental hygiene law;
  • (k) who has not had a license revoked or who is not under a suspension or ineligibility order issued pursuant to the provisions of section 530.14 of the criminal procedure law or section eight hundred forty-two-a of the family court act;
  • (l) in the county of Westchester, who has successfully completed a firearms safety course and test as evidenced by a certificate of completion issued in his or her name and endorsed and affirmed under the penalties of perjury by a duly authorized instructor, except that:
    • (i) persons who are honorably discharged from the United States army, navy, marine corps or coast guard, or of the national guard of the state of New York, and produce evidence of official qualification in firearms during the term of service are not required to have completed those hours of a firearms safety course pertaining to the safe use, carrying, possession, maintenance and storage of a firearm; and
    • (ii) persons who were licensed to possess a pistol or revolver prior to the effective date of this paragraph are not required to have completed a firearms safety course and test;
  • (m) who has not had a guardian appointed for him or her pursuant to any provision of state law, based on a determination that as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, mental illness, incapacity, condition or disease, he or she lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage his or her own affairs; and
  • (n) concerning whom no good cause exists for the denial of the license. No person shall engage in the business of gunsmith or dealer in firearms unless licensed pursuant to this section. An applicant to engage in such business shall also be a citizen of the United States, more than twenty-one years of age and maintain a place of business in the city or county where the license is issued. For such business, if the applicant is a firm or partnership, each member thereof shall comply with all of the requirements set forth in this subdivision and if the applicant is a corporation, each officer thereof shall so comply.

3. Applications.
(a) Applications shall be made and renewed, in the case of a license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver, to the licensing officer in the city or county, as the case may be, where the applicant resides, is principally employed or has his principal place of business as merchant or storekeeper; and, in the case of a license as gunsmith or dealer in firearms, to the licensing officer where such place of business is located.

8. License: exhibition and display. Every licensee while carrying a pistol or revolver shall have on his or her person a license to carry the same. Every person licensed to possess a pistol or revolver on particular premises shall have the license for the same on such premises. Upon demand, the license shall be exhibited for inspection to any peace officer, who is acting pursuant to his or her special duties,or police officer.

Licenses To Carry, Possess, Repair and Dispose of Firearms.

6. License: validity. Any license issued pursuant to this section shall be valid notwithstanding the provisions of any local law or ordinance. No license shall be transferable to any other person or premises. A license to carry or possess a pistol or revolver, not otherwise limited as to place or time of possession, shall be effective throughout the state, except that the same shall not be valid within the city of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued by the police commissioner of that city. Such license to carry or possess shall be valid within the city of New York in the absence of a permit issued by the police commissioner of that city, provided that

  • (a) the firearms covered by such license have been purchased from a licensed dealer within the city of New York and are being transported out of said city forthwith and immediately from said dealer by the licensee in a locked container during a continuous and uninterrupted trip; or provided that
  • (b) the firearms covered by such license are being transported by the licensee in a locked container and the trip through the city of New York is continuous and uninterrupted; or provided that
  • (c) the firearms covered by such license are carried by armored car security guards transporting money or other valuables, in, to, or from motor vehicles commonly known as armored cars, during the course of their employment; or provided that
  • (d) the licensee is a retired police officer as police officer is defined pursuant to subdivision thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal procedure law or a retired federal law enforcement officer, as defined in section 2.15 of the criminal procedure law, who has been issued a license by an authorized licensing officer as defined in subdivision ten of section 265.00 of this chapter; provided, further, however, that if such license was not issued in the city of New York it must be marked “Retired Police Officer” or “Retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer”, as the case may be, and, in the case of a retired officer the license shall be deemed to permit only police or federal law enforcement regulations weapons; or provided that
  • (e) the licensee is a peace officer described in subdivision four of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law and the license, if issued by other than the city of New York, is marked “New York State Tax Department Peace Officer” and in such case the exemption shall apply only to the firearm issued to such licensee by the department of taxation and finance. A license as gunsmith or dealer in firearms shall not be valid outside the city or county, as the case may be, where issued.

23. “Large capacity ammunition feeding device” means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, that

  • (A)Has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition, OR
  • (C) Is obtained after the effective date of the chapter of the Laws of two thousand thirteen which amended this subdivision and has a Capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, More than ten rounds of ammunition; provided, however, that such term does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and Capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition or a Feeding device that is a curio or relic.

3. “Firearm” means (a) any pistol or revolver; or (b) a shotgun having one or more barrels less than eighteen inches in length; or (c) a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length; or (d) any weapon made from a shotgun or rifle whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise if such weapon as altered, modified, or otherwise has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches; or (e) an assault weapon.

15. “Loaded firearm” means any firearm loaded with ammunition or any firearm which is possessed by one who, at the same time, possesses a quantity of ammunition which may be used to discharge such firearm.

Powers of Agencies

Section 40. Powers of certain state officers and agencies.
41. Waiver of type, weight and size limitations for certain vehicles.
42. Contracts for research work in health matters related to the defense emergency.
43. Emergency health and sanitation areas.
44. Emergency measures to protect milk supply.
46. Production and sale of prison-made articles and materials essential to the defense effort.
§ 40. Powers of certain state officers and agencies. Nothwithstanding the provisions of any law, for the purpose of providing during the defense emergency (a) for unanticipated or emergency needs for the protection of the safety and health of the people of the state in the event of attack, or (b) for the mobilization and efficient utilization of all of the resources and facilities in the state in aid of the defense effort, or (c) for the orderly conduct of public or private affairs in a manner consistent with the requirements of the defense effort, the following officers or agencies of the state shall have power to take action or to adopt, promulgate and make effective plans, regulations or orders, consistent with the provisions of this act and with any actions taken or plans, regulations or orders adopted and promulgated by the council, with respect to the following matters:
3. The industrial commissioner shall have such power with respect to safety and record of manufacture, sale, possession, use or ownership of fireworks or explosives and the manufacture and transportation of firearms, but such powers shall not apply to the personal possession, use or ownership of firearms and ammunition therefor.

Article 6
Closing or Restricting Use of Highways; Posting of Property

Section 80. Definitions. As used in this article the following terms shall mean and include:

  1. “Highway.” Any private or public highway, street, way, waterway, or other place used for travel.
  2. “Commissioner.” The state commissioner of transportation.

§ 81. Petition to close or restrict use of travel upon highways or to post property.

  • (a) Any agency of the United States engaged in or concerned with the defense effort,
  • (b) any agency of the state,
  • (c) the chief executive officer or the governing body of any political subdivision of the state or
  • (d) an individual, partnership, association or corporation using or preparing to use real property in connection with the operation of a public utility, an airport, a dock, or a wharf, or the manufacture, transportation, distribution or storage of explosives, firearms, inflammable liquids, gas, oil, coal, electricity, water or any product to be used in the defense effort by this state, of any state of the United States, or a political subdivision, by the United States or any associated power thereof, may petition the commissioner for an order to close or to direct the appropriate official or body to close to public use and travel and to restrict public use and travel upon, any highway or part thereof or to post property, on which such use and travel or entrance by the general public is deemed dangerous to the public safety and security or to the defense effort, or to the safety of property of the petitioner.

New York licensing offices

Erie County Clerks Office

Hours


Monday – Friday    9am – 5pm

Saturday                  Closed

Sunday                    Closed

Contact


Address    92 Franklin St.

City            Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone       (716) 858-6600

Frequently asked questions on New York gun laws

Pistol licenses are issued by the Licensing Officer of the City or County where the applicant resides, is principally employed, or where his principal place of business as a merchant or storekeeper is located.

180 Days
The application for a concealed carry license must be processed within 180 days of the application being received.

Yes, if you have a license. However, New York City law requires you to have the gun in a locked box and separate from the ammunition and then placed in the trunk or location that is not readily accessible. Furthermore, you are not allowed to stop while travelling through the city.

You must notify your local authorities who issued the license within 10 days of moving what your new address and phone number are, and the current status of any firearms you own.

You will need to download and fill out an amendment form. Give this to the office that issued your license. They will forward your file to the new county. Depending on the county you may be issued a new license or be required to go through the new application process.

You will need to get a purchase document from the licensing authorities. Before they issue a purchase document they will require a personal check, bank order, or money order and a receipt from the dealer. The receipt must list the firearm model, make, type, caliber, and serial number of the firearm that is being purchased.

The firearms must be disposed of in 15 days if the owner is deceased. You do not need a pistol license to dispose of the guns.

There is no limit to the number of guns a person can own.

No, firearms can only be registered to one person.