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Carry In VehicleNO
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedNO
No Weapons Signs EnforcedSEE DETAILS
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

New York gun laws are very restrictive and operate on the “May Issue” policy. This means that the issuance of a license is entirely up to the issuing officer. The applicant will require references from personal friends. The application is filed at the police or sheriff’s department and can take 4-6 months for approval. A New York state license does not allow a holder to carry in New York city. Licenses are not issued to non-residents but you can still obtain one if you are a part-time resident.

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New York CCW Permit

New York is a “May Issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years in Counties and 2 years in New York City.

  • 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 – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit
There are so many laws and regulations that obtaining a permit can be a long process. There are 59 licensing jurisdictions. We have used Erie County as an example.

  1. You may need to do a handgun safety course in some counties.
  2. Download the State application under the FORMS tab. 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 NYS, 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.
Fees vary for each county. Below are fees for Erie County;

New Application: $20.00
Duplicate Permit: $18.00
Plastic Card Fee: $2.00
Transfer County: $8.00 & $5.00
2″ x 2″ Application Photo: $10.00
Name Change: $3.00
Address Change: $3.00
Handgun Registration; $3.00
Handgun Removal: $3.00

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Where You Can Carry

  • 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 below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • 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.

Details on New York Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/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 permit/license must be processed within 180 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in New York gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are legally required to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
Could not find any information in New York gun laws regarding NO WEAPONS signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

NO – Without a Permit/License
It is illegal to possess a loaded firearm in any motor vehicle without a valid New York Permit/License to Carry. Federal law allows transportation of a firearm if it is unloaded and neither the firearm or ammunition is readily accessible.
If you have a permit/license you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle.
NO – Without a License
You must have a permit/license to carry any firearm in New York.
Open carrying a handgun with a license in New York is legal. However, it is not common and we recommend you carry concealed to minimize unwanted attention. Laws can vary in different counties.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“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.
You are not permitted to carry firearms in any state parks, forests, WMA’s and even roadside rest areas are off limits.

New York Contacts

Erie County Clerks Office


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Wednesday Closed

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 92 Franklin St.

CityBuffalo, NY 14202

Phone (716) 858-6600

Email [email protected]


  1. The carry and concealed laws in NYC will be effective when. When can you apply and how long is the process just asking thanks so much.

  2. Author

    Sorry we plan on doing a page for New York City in the future but I do not have much info right now.

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