New York Gun Laws

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Updated February 19, 2020:

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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.

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Mark Woodward

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.
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.

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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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Must Notify Officer NO
State Park Carry NO
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Open Carry NO
Restaurant Carry YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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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

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  • 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.

Pistol license Overview

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.

Non-Resident Licenses

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.

Handgun Training

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

Why is it so difficult to get a pistol license in New York City?

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

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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.

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Some counties are reporting a wait of up to 12 months for a pistol licence.

Guide to transporting firearms through New York

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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.


Airports

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.

Jailed for following the rules.

Traveling by vehicle

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.


New York city

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.

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The New York State Police and New York Police Department do not recognize the federal Firearm Owners Protection Act. If you travel through this state with a handgun and no NY pistol license then you have no legal protection.

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You will be arrested at New York airports if you try to transport a firearm through the airport without a New York Pistol License

Note

Under New York law a firearm is regarded as loaded if ammunition is in close proximity to the firearm. The firearm does not have to have ammunition in it to be classified as loaded.

Caution

Travel with extreme caution through this state and if possible avoid it if you are transporting a firearm and do not have a New York Pistol License.

Off-limit places in New York for carrying a firearm

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  • Places listed as off limits apply even if you have a New York pistol license.
  • New York City is off limits for NY state license holders unless they are given a special endorsement by the city.
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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.

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

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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.

DEADLINE

January 31, 2018 for Pistol License's issued before January 15, 2013

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.

  • All pistol licenses, including lifetime licenses must now be renewed every five years.
  • Failure to renew your license will render it invalid and leave you liable to prosecution if you continue to carry a handgun.

New York gun laws & statutes you need to know

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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.

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New York gun laws you need to know

Vehicle carry

(With no pistol license)

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.

Open carry

(With no pistol license)

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.

Must inform officer

(On contact by law)

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

State park carry

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

No gun signs enforced

?

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.

Restaurant carry

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.

Constitutional carry

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

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New York licensing offices

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Quickly locate the office where you can apply for a pistol license. There are 23 offices in New York where you can apply for a pistol license. Click on the button below for a full list.

Erie County Clerks Office

Contact


Address 92 Franklin St.

CityBuffalo, NY 14202

Phone (716) 858-6600

Hours


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

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Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is not legal advice but is merely a starting point for your own research. It is up to you to decide what the best course of action is for your circumstances. We are not lawyers, if you'd like individualized legal advice, we'd be happy to refer you to some law practices with known firearm specializations. It is crucial that you understand the law before you carry a firearm. Also, remember that just because a statute may clearly say one thing or another, that doesn't mean all members of law enforcement know it. That also goes for lawyers and even judges too.

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  17. Can you transport firearms to range from home without permits in nys

  18. How many bullets can you legally carry in your handgun when carry concealed in NY?

  19. Kids who probably think it’s ok to murder a baby ( it’s a woman right yet there’s a heartbeat ). Kids who were brainwashed by liers. These same kids thinks it’s ok for socialism . If socialism is so great move to another country and let those people trying to get here come. Oh yeah, these same kids thinks it’s ok for illegal immigrant to get help while there’s veterans who need help gets jerked around

  20. I would like to vacation in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and possibly upstate New York with my travel trailer. I have a CCP but I have no intentions of carrying a weapon in New York state. I do wish to travel through the state and possibly stay at a state park, RV park, etc. What are the restrictions of a non resident transporting a weapon through the state or possibly camping out in a park?

  21. I live in upstate new york. Does my handgun need to be concealed on my person in my vehicle while driving or can i use a vehicle holster?

  22. Hi,
    Just recently received my NYC pistol permit” premise” . I own property in upstate ny, now from what I hear I can get my hunting authorization card if I bring in a current hunting tag and transport only during hunting season….” which is the most absurd thing cause I need to go down to 1PP every “hunting season” to get a current authorization card for every year. Now… I hear are they passing law to allow transport from NYC to ny state during off hunting season . And this is why we are all leaving this dump” NYC”. Thx

    1. i believe that the best thing to do is get an upstate permit and register your nyc handgun to your ny state permit. then you can legally bring your handgun between your 2 premises without the hunting authorization. better yet, get an upstate ccw then you can carry to the edge of all of the 5 boros.

  23. Just got my NY CCW. Just want to clarify about vehicle travel as this site says “See Details”. Can I carry it concealed and loaded while driving? I have a gun safe in the car as well. Thank you

    1. I say “yes”, except, of course, in New York City. Just keep it concealed and behave yourself. No need to voluntarily state that you are carrying if pulled over by police for a traffic infraction, which should be a rare occurrence because you are a law-abiding “good guy with a gun”. Conduct yourself accordingly and you will be an asset to the citizens of New York state Andrew.

  24. I reside in upstate NY, but most of my family lives in Virginia.
    I’d like to bring my pistol with me on the drive down. Of course NY is pretty much landlocked as far as reciprocity, while VA won’t have a problem with my licence.
    Will a “Utah Carry” make this much easier? Is this a difficult permit to obtain?

    If it’s too much info to ask, can someone at least point me in the direction where I can find reliable and updated info regarding heading both Utah and NY carry permits?

    Thanks!

    1. Yes, you may transport your handgun from NY to VA under the provision of the amendment to Gun Control Act of 1968, unknown as the McClure-Voler Act of 1986, even if going through a state that hat would otherwise view the transport as illegal. The firearm must be unloaded, cases and stowed in a trunk or storage compartment not readily accessible, and ammo must be stored separately. However, with your Utah permit, you may carry your firearm concealed in and out of your vehicle, provided you abide by the laws of the individual states through which you pass, and as long as each state through which you pass recognizes your I ah permit. The staff important to note that there are some states that WILL NOT recognize a Utah permit UNLESS you are a resident of Utah.
      I purchase the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States every year to keep abreast of any changes which may have occurred in each state from the previous year. It costs less than a meal for two at a fast food restaurant and is worth its weight in gold for fast, concise info, including laws governing transport of long guns, restaurant carry, duty to notify LEOs at traffic stops, mag maximums and much more along with a state’s freedom rating. I never travel without it. However, it’s important to be aware of idiosyncratic differences in your locale.
      I hope this helps. Be smart, be safe, be legal and stay free.

      1. I forgot the other part of your question. The Utah permit, like FL or Penn permits, is not “difficult” to obtain, but you need to find a place in your general area that offers the class. (Make sure it’s a class sanctioned by the state of Utah.) I recently located a class for a friend through Google, or ask around at a local range or club. So many folks are looking to safely and legally transport their handguns from NY to vacation destinations that you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a class. It takes about the same amount of time as your NY permit class, and cost is probably around $150 plus lic, application and finger printing fees.

  25. Hey, can I visit the Big Apple from N.J with my .45?
    (Joking.)

    My mother has a .38 revolver she can no longer shoot. I’m waiting for my permit in the mail. She has let her permit “lapse” / “expire” under the SAFE act, thereby making herself a felon, of course.
    My question is how do I legally obtain her .38 once I get my permit? Does she have to reapply for her pistol permit in order to “legalize” the gun so that we can go through an FFL?
    Seems to me this must happen all the time.
    Thanks.

    1. Just move out of the state of NY or NJ. I have CCL’s from both PA and Utah and can carry concealed in 39 states. We will not live in any state that violates our Constitutional rights.

      1. You’re darn tootin’. We are finally able and are moving out of the commie state of NY to where they honor and respect the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights.

  26. I have a NY state pistol permit and a non-resident Utah permit. If I’m flying to Utah to go hiking in the backcountry, how can I take my Glock 20? I can’t take it through JFK or LGA since I do not have, nor can I get, a NYC pistol permit. I can’t take it through EWR in NJ since I do not have, nor can I get, a NJ permit. Also, I cannot transfer the pistol to an FFL in Utah since they can only transfer pistols to Utah residents.

    1. I empathize as I have the same problem. Depending on where you live, and how much you’re willing to spend to get there, you might try flying out of an airport outside of the metro area, eg Albany International or Stewart International in Newburgh, Orange County, NY.

  27. Can an small private employer (non-profit) open to the public issue a “no weapons / hand gun on property “ policy?

    1. Yes, and you must legally comply unless you have specific written permission from the owner of the business-property owner.

  28. I have a NYS permit for pistol, however it says Hunting and Target, what does that mean ? Do i have the right to have it with me ?

    1. You can not carry unless you are going to and from the range or going hunting. There are some loopholes. I would suggest joining a 24 hour range as they are open all the time and you could theoretically say you were going to the range or coming from the range.

      1. pretty much in any state if you transport your gun empty with no clip stored seperately like in a case in your trunk and the ammo seperate from the clip and gun in another case locked in your trunk your legal and of course can show you are the legal owner

    2. If you are engaged in, or on your way to, the activities listed on your permit. Apply for a full carry, if possible.

  29. If my friend has an IN license to carry, but got in trouble in NY for possession, how is this handled? My friend has to travel to NY now for court and I wanna make sure we know how to ha dle this.

    1. Hire an NRA referral attorney familiar with the court your friend is appearing in. That is, don’t hire an NYC attorney for an arrest in Upstate NY. Conversely, don’t hire an Upstate attorney for an arrest in NYC.

      This is a very serious matter with the potential for fairly significant fines and prison time. Beyond the advice to hire a real attorney, do not base her defense on advice from the Internet.

    2. DO NOT CARRY THE GUN WITH YOU be prepared to give up your permit as it porbably will get revoked best to actually surrender the pistol this is a serious matter advice to anyone reading this IF YOU CARRY DO NOT BREAK THE LAW OR ACT ILLEGAL YOOR AN ADULT you know better. you broke the law now they break your wallet and maybe butt

  30. Is it legal to have a secured and unloaded handgun in a travel trailer being towed through New York?

    1. As previously stated in the article, the FOPA will get you out of jail once you are arraigned but the state and local police will likely arrest you if you are found to have a firearm of any sort in your vehicle or trailer.

  31. Is there a way to write the governor to see if my girlfriend who has a legal conceal carry in NC to carry her firearm as protection when traveling to visit me here in NY?

    1. sorry but you must be new to New York.

      our governor is inaccessible and should NEVER grant that anyway.

      ny respects no out of state permits, and never will until compelled by the SCOTUS. and even if ordered to do so, wil likely ignore the supreme court.

      what Cuomo and ny dems respect even less than your girlfriends NC ccw permit are little people like us who request or 2A rights.

    2. This is something that is extremely easy to find out without checking with the governor. A simple google search on concealed carry reciprocal privileges will take you to one of a large number of sites that will tell you that no, NY does not grant reciprocal priveleges to NC CCW license holders. Your gf will have to leave her weapon at home. Simply bringing it across state lines can land her in jail.

  32. My family owns a cabin in upstate ny for hunting and fishing. Is it legal for my to bring my pistols from nj. I have the paperwork saying it belongs to me and I also have a firearm i.d card for nj. Also is there any problems with bringing long guns (hunting rifes) from nj to ny?

    1. Do NOT bring your pistol in New York unless u have a valid NY pistol permit. You will be arrested if caught with it. Long guns are no problem.

      1. Long guns are no problem as long as they do not qualify as “assault weapons” under New York State’s SAFE act.

        Magazines over 10 rounds are also a problem under safe.

      2. Dave and others here are correct. However, you might look into whether or not you are eligible to apply for a non-resident NYS pistol permit being that you own property in the state. I do not know if there is such a provision, but it’s worth a look. I have one of those for SC, so I know it’s done in some states. But knowing NY and King Cuomo….

  33. My family owns a cabin upstate NY for hunting and fishing etc. Is it legal to bring my pistols with me for plinking? They are legal in the state of nj and I have the paperwork and from when I bought them. We have to carry it around if I transport them to a gun range in nj. I also have a firearm i.d card for nj state to buy long guns . Also is there any restrictions for long guns for out of staters?

    1. No. Without a valid NY Carry license you cant bring into ny. NY DOES NOT HONOR PISTOL LICENSES FROM OTHER STATES. Its stupid.

  34. I have a question my family and i love in Ohio now and will be buying a home in the next month to month and a half in waverly New York southern tier how do i go about getting my two handguns that i own legal in the state of New York? I also have my ccw in Ohio and would like to obtain the same in New York State?

    1. You would have to transfer them through a FFL dealer like basspro for example. You can’t legally just bring them to ny without a FFL. As for a permit that’s hard. Most counties require at minimum 1 year residents in that county before even starting the horrible 6 month process of getting a license in ny

  35. So im a combat medic in the Army and have a CT permit, FL permit and am in process of becoming a competitive shooter. How the hell do i get a permit in Suffolk county i live with a cop(my dad) and from all that i read it seems impossible. Also can i get a sportsman permit and join a 24hr range?(loop hole or nah)

    1. U cant get a permit unless u live in ny. No way around it. Do not come to ny with a pistol for any reason.

  36. I am active duty military and will be moving on official orders to New York. I do have a pistol, with this being said do I need to apply for my license for my pistol prior to arriving or is there a grace period? Also would I qualify for the resident license since I am on Federal orders?

  37. How can I get my gun rights restored after a 20 year old non violent felony

    1. It depends on the state and whether your felony was federal or state. Here in VA, you have to first have your civil rights restored. After that, you can appeal to the courts, either in the jurisdiction you were convicted or the one you live in, to restore your firearms rights. If you can get the charge expunged, it’s a one-shot thing but if you cannot, this is the process you follow. Most of tge states I’ve lived in have a similar procedure.

  38. I have a 1997 felony conviction will I be able to get a gun permit.

    1. No, felons of any kind are permitted to own a gun due to federal law

      1. Not so. You can either get your record expunged or you can have your civil rights restored and then apply for or rewuest that the courts restore your firearm rights.

    2. Depending on the state you live in get your record expunged and you can get a permit

  39. I have a NYS CCW license, I live on Long Island but do a lot of business in NYC. How hard is it or what are the requirements for getting the NYC endorsement?

    1. You have to fill out about a 50-page application for NYC gun permit then it’s about a year-long wait for the approval after fingerprinting and being interviewed by a police officer in your home or at the station

  40. Just a question about leaving my pistol in a locked car, can I leave it in the glove box or am I required to put it in a car safe?

    1. No leaving your hand gun in a locked car is not legal neither is the glove box it must be in an aproved gun safe

  41. If someone dies, has multiple types of guns, can a family member keep them if they have a pistol license?

    1. If they’re long guns you’re probably safe to keep them since your friend/relative gave them to you before passing on. Pistols on the other hand, if they weren’t registered previously, would have been considered illegal when your relative was alive due to the “SAFE” act. I’d assume that if there are pistols involved, they were never registered with the state because if they were, the state would know of them and confiscate them. If a NYS pistol owner dies, their pistols must be turned over to the state within 15 days I think. Your best bet is to keep them in a safe as family heirlooms or if you want to register them in the awful state of N.Y, take them out of state to a free state where they can be registered legally by a friend who resides in that state and then transfer them to NY.
      “If the executor possesses the firearm for more than 15 days without “lawfully disposing” of it, he may be criminally liable for that possession and he risks losing the illegally-possessed weapon altogether. “Disposing” of a firearm includes giving the weapon away, leasing it, selling it, offering it for sale, transferring it, or keeping it for sale under NY Penal Law § 265.00. Lawfully disposal of a firearm involves working with a licensed gun dealer to sell, give or otherwise transfer the weapon to someone …”

      1. There is a thing known as co-ownership. You put your hand guns on another persons license. If something should happen to you such as death, the co-owner can legally claim them. But it must go through the pistol permit clerk of the county were the guns are registered.

  42. I have a ny carry permit I want to bring a gun I bought in Florida to ny can I put it on my permit on line ?

    1. If it’s a hangun do it at your own risk bronew York is strict I had to sell my 9mm before coming up here I have a Florida permit too

    2. Mary, just got my NY permit. You must send your Florida pistol to NY via FFL holder. Federal firearms license holder. Send it from one FFL to another. I. E. One gun store to another. I’m doing this right now with a pistol my son bought me.

    3. Have a dealer in Florida ship the gun to a dealer in New York State. That dealer will give you a receipt, You take that to the pistol permit clerk in your county. You fill out the form as though you bought the gun here. You know how the rest works. It must be done this way, for it to be legal.

  43. Is someone order the age of 18 allowed to transport long guns in New York.

  44. Does registering for a emotional support dog effect the process or right to get a pistol permit or ownership of any firearm in NY now? I want to get my dog registered as an emotion support animal but I dont want it to effect my right to get a pistol perm or own a firearm in general, it’s not for any super crazy mental health disorder or disease just curious. I’m a Marine who lives a lone and has been through some shit and I’m just curious on how that would affect the process or my rights. Thanks in advance.

    1. I don’t think that would affect your ability to qualify for a pistol permit in NY state. HIPPA laws protect your medical health records. The Sheriffs dept. you are applying through may ask about your state of mental health, but you are not obligated to disclose any personal health information. Don’t even bring it up that you even own a dog… that’s none of the states business either and shouldn’t even be considered when it comes to your right to own a firearm.

    2. As long as you are not listed in any way through the government as having a mental issue or incapacity, the emotional support dog should not affect you county but don’t mention it that may be best

  45. is is a shame when law abiding citizens go through everything asked of them to by our rights as citizens of the United States of America arm themselves and have people who are so negative and against us. Just remember people all the criminals out there have ton of guns and ammunition and come after you and your family including your children and nobody know who has the weapons or anything about their state of mind. The key to gun control is not taking away our constitutional rights it education. Teaching children as well as other family members safety and storing your firearms in a safe not a sock draw is pretty much the answer.

  46. If I go to a restaurant and I have my EDC (EVERYDAY CARRY) on me, can I not drink alcohol?

    1. Yeah man, that’s standard law in most states, alcohol and firearms don’t go together.

    2. It is not barred by statute, however, if you are involved in al altercation, your use of alcohol will become an issue as an element of reckless behavior.

  47. I have a NYS full carry. Can I use NYC airports to travel to and from Legal carry areas? Every time I call the port authority police and airlines they say i can but NYC laws are so screwed up, has flying outside the city

    1. No your license is not valid for new york city its a felony if you are in the airport with a gun even if it’s locked in a case and no ammo and if you look on your license it says that it’s not permitted in New York City you have to have a new york city license like Trump has in order to have a gun there

      1. If I have a Connecticut license to carry can I get in trouble if the police stop me in nyc?

  48. WOW!!! What a shame!! Our forefathers were able to break from the tyrannies of freedom . . . aka, the British, and establish this exceptional country of ours because our colonists had the firearms and the courage to fight back against the crippling oppression of the monarchy. This is the very reason they made sure they added the 2nd amendment, (THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS), to the Bill of Rights of our great Constitution, which “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED UPON”. I can almost see the spirits of our country’s founding fathers standing side by side, looking toward New York, one of the original 13 colonies/states, shaking their heads in despair and asking . . . . why did we give up our entire lives making a better place for all, if our descendants are just going to throw it all back to the oppressors? Was it all in vain?

  49. What are the laws related to target shooting on your private property with someone without a pistol permit?

    1. NYS reguires everyone to posses a pistol permit if they are to shoot a handgun regardless if it is private property or a range. In any cercomestance the police should come
      Onto the property then there will be an issue of who’s pistol it is and do they have a permit and so forth.

    2. no one is allowed to shoot a hand gun on private property without a concelled carry permit

  50. If you own a pistol permit Is it illegal to keep a loaded piston unlocked in your home in NYS?

      1. I think that’s if there is only a minor or felon that lives in said house as well

  51. I will be traveling upstate this summer. I am a Virginia resident. I will be visiting family and staying at our families cabin. Am I able to transport and take my handgun with me for the week I will be in Lake Placid?

    1. Itll be as useful to take along as your scuba diving equipment. Maybe you should also bring along some sticks just in case the woods run out. No but seriously ont bring any firewood please. The insects that could come across could devastate the local ecosystem and are a more regulated than your gun.

    2. Stay in virginia , sell the cabin , and get out of commie ny for gods sake . It sucks

      1. Joe, you know what sucks about your statement? It’s true. I lament how beautiful NY is and is run so poorly. It is the most beautiful state. We have the ocean, two great lakes, the finger lakes, Adirondacks, Allegheny mountains, the Catskill, Niagara Falls, world class skiing, MAJOR HISTORY. Hell, even the moose are coming back. Awesome fishing. NY HAS IT ALL. And more lazy corrupt politicians per capita than anywhere. Sigh, thanks for the vent.

        1. You said it all. And do you know what hurts? It happens to be “TRUE”!

  52. Can my son who doesn’t have a pistol permit go to the shooting range and shoot my pistols? I have a valid permit

    1. Only if you are with him and keeping to the letter of the law; if you’re a fully qualified NRA safety instructor.

  53. If someone you know has been commanded to hand over all weapons to the police because of a order of protection do they automatically get there pistol permit revoked in the state of NY
    Also he was diagnosed with MS and instant rage how do you report to the safe at to ensure they are not allowed to own guns ever again

    1. The permit will be confiscated at the same time the firearms are collected by LEOs. If and when the order is rescinded he will have to apply for his permit back.

  54. I am looking to obtain a pistol permit for business and target practice. I had a charge of 3rd Degree Assault and 2nd Degree Harassment 19 years ago. Since my younger (albeit punk) years, I have grown up and have been a law abiding citizen. Would those charges from almost 2 decades ago prevent me from obtaining my license? Trying to gauge how difficult a process I have in front of me.

    1. New York is a corrupt scum hol I moved away after living there for 20+ years, the process with no record is in real good luck with your past I don’t even think you’re eligible in this joke of a “state”

    2. James I would suggest you look at your criminal history report. Most states will not issue once they see the assault charge.

    3. James, it depends on if there is anything else, what you have done with your life since, what county and what Judge. Unless you try the answer will always be no. That goes for everything.

  55. Clear violation of the rights of citizens under the Constitution and NY should be sued and lawmakers held accountable for treason.

  56. Some wrong info here about a handgun being registered to multiple people. Co-registering is a thing. Atleast in my county.

    1. I was told by the sheriffs office in Onondaga County a gun could not be co-registered UNLESS both parties lived at the same address.

    2. I live in Wyoming county NY, My Father lives in Cattaruagus county. We have shared firearms on our permits. Maybe it does vary by county.

      1. Not true. Co-registering is allowed in Sullivan County. 10 hand guns co-reg between my son and myself. 5 years

    1. Author

      Thankyou for alerting us to that, what info do you consider inaccurate in the video?

      1. You can buy long guns, (rifles and shotguns)
        Youth can hunt at 14 with a gun along side a parent or mentor

  57. I have ny state ccw permit and want to travel to Florida with my pistol. What do I have to get to travel through the states that don’t honor my permit

    1. Transport said firearm in locked case , with the ammo in a seperate locked box

    2. Do you have a Florida CCW permit? Resident or non-resident?
      Florida only recognizes permits from states that honor a FL permit… That rules out NY.

  58. I have a CC in the state of NY and I’m traveling to NC how do I carry as I’m driving there

    1. If you have a permit, keep it and notify state police of your address change. You may also notify your county and update the address on your permit, but since you maintain a residence in NY you may buy feel that is necessary. If you don’t get have a permit you are still eligible for one because you are a part time resident of NY.

  59. Hi
    If someone has a residence in both NYC and upstate NY and is able to obtain a NYC premises permit and a NYS concealed carry based on his upstate residence AND has his guns listed on both permits…can the guns be transported in a lockbox out of NYC to upstate?

  60. I am planning trip to Ballston Spa, NY, I travel by motor home, I am from Texas going to visit family, I carry a 12ga Lever action shotgun for protection, I plan to stay 1 week then back home. How can I travel with my shotgun legally. I know New York State is what it is.

    1. You don’t need a license to possess a shotgun in NY. Just be sure you have a plug in it so only 3 shells can be loaded. I don’t think you need to carry one though. Rumors of thugs in NY have been greatly exaggerated. I hunt and have never carried any gun in my vehicle unless hunting and I’ve driven all over NY and nearby ststes.

      1. The three shot only applies to waterfowl hunting and is a federal restriction.

    2. Just make sure it is in a locked case unloaded especially if you are traveling with children under 16. New law just enacted.

  61. Want to visit family in Ballston Spa, NY, I from Texas, Will travel by motor home, I carry 12ga lever action shotgun for protection, Will stay 1 week then go home. how can make sure I am legal

    1. You dont need Guns in New York just call 911 a d less than 5 min they would save your but out.

    2. If I lived in Texas and wanted to visit NY relatives, I would buy them plane tickets to come to Texas

  62. I live in NYC. What is considered my residence? I have a home permit, but does that extend to my yard? I rent my apt with the yard, and my landlady lives upstairs and was required to submit paperwork agreeing to my pistol ownership, in order to get my license.

    The yard is fenced all around and has a gate. At night I padlock it shut. My mailbox is in the yard, 2 feet to the left of my door. I always carry at home. Sometimes I go to get my mail and forget I’m carrying my gun. Is it illegal to walk in my yard with my holstered handgun?

  63. I moved from Niagara county to Dallas TX. How could I come back to my family in NY and shoot at a range with my pistol?

    1. You are able to take your pistol on a plane. Just make sure you check the your airlines policy.

  64. Can you carry a pistol any were in the hudson valley with a full carry unretricted conceal permit

    1. Rob,

      Yes you can carry a pistol any where in the Hudson Valley with a unrestricted conceal permit, provided that the firearm in question is listed on your permit…

  65. As a licensed armed security guard in New York state I am permitted to carry standard law enforcement magazines in my pistol while on duty and in uniform. but then must switch out not only to 10 rounds but to smaller 10-round magazines as well when off duty and not in uniform. It is still possible for me to be charged under the Safe Act if I am carrying a magazine that holds more than 10. I cannot possess a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds if I am not on duty and in uniform.

    1. If the breach of the weapon is open and the bullets are locked out of the drivers reach only you cannot carry a loaded long gun in a vehicle in New York state

  66. In NYS hand guns can be registered to more then one person / co-owned

      1. John is correct. My wife and I have multiple handguns shared on our permits. When my son got his permit he added our guns to his permit too. As long as the permit holders reside at the same address it’s permissible.

        1. In Rockland County, they do not have to reside at the same address.

    1. This varies from county to county, some allow it some don’t.

  67. If I am traveling to Vermont from Texas for my nephew’s wedding does new York honor the federal safe passage act

  68. N.Y. STATE violates law abiding people’s rights to carry a concealed firearm

  69. If i m going to hunt in PA and coming down from MA, am i able to travel through NY with my hunting rifle with a triger lock and ammo in my trunk locked in a box?

  70. If I was to move to central New York after living in Pennsylvania but have my Concealed Carry in PA is it possible to transfer that over without having to go through training courses and waiting the 4 months for an application to go through?

    1. You also wouldn’t be able to just bring your guns into the state after you did get your permit. All would have to be transferred thru a ffl

  71. In regard to carrying on state/national forests, I could not find anything specific that states it is illegal. Citing section 190 dept. Of lands I discovered this:

    (ab) No person shall possess breakable targets, including but not limited to clay pigeons, on State lands and no person shall target shoot at breakable targets, including but not limited to clay pigeons and glass containers, on State lands. Unless legally engaged in the act of hunting, no person shall discharge firearms on State lands posted or designated as closed to target shooting.

    By the wording used, it reads as though unless posted or designated as closed, we are not only allowed to carry but can target shoot at non-breakable targets. I did notice that sections 190.20 and 190.21-190.22 were repealed but it doesn’t state what they were. Please cite where you learned carrying on/in state/national forests is illegal.

    1. Most restrictions state hunting, hiking, camping, recreation, I still dont know what that means… the judge couldn’t explain it either, he said homing could be walking with the kids. Makes zero sense to me

  72. I am a County Sheriff’s Dept officer in Indiana. If I travel to NYC, will they honor my right to carry my sidearm?

    1. Author

      No, I don’t think there any exceptions for out of state law enforcement. You would come under the same rules as a regular citizen.

    2. No, you will get arrested immediately even though you are a county sheriff from another state.

    3. Rudy, under HR 218, which is a federal statute that grants all law enforcement officers, and recently the military, the right to carry in all 50 states.

      However, please be weary of the ignorant personnel the currently occupy law enforcement positions, who are not knowledgeable, or refuse to acknowledge the rights and privileges granted under HR 218. To further substantiate my information, NYC has been successfully “sued” under HR 218 via several individuals, such as “The People of New York versus Benjamin L. Booth” and “The People of New York versus Arthur Rodriguez.”

  73. i have a NYS sportsman license . Will I be able to carry my pistol while up state New York when fishing to protect against Bears ?

    1. I believe that while hunting or fishing with a valid license you may carry your weapon with your sportsman’s permit restriction .

  74. Unrestricted permits are once again available in Clinton County NY after many decades of restricted permits only. All lawful purposes is satisfactory to the County Judge. Must have permit for at least 2 years before requesting removal. Training is required for new permits or permits issued less than 5 yrs . Training is accessible, affordable and non restrictive.
    In today’s political climate in NY every pro 2nd Amendment official elected is a victory for the constitutional rights of every gun owner.

    1. Awhile ago I inquired about a non resident permit and was told no way. I live in VT bordering Clinton County. Any info?

      1. Unless you have a seasonal residence in NYS you are out of luck. Even then it’s unlikely.

  75. Looks like the New York lawmakers should be tried for treason. If they’re going to wipe hineys with our constitution.

  76. Wondering if New York follows the same rule as California with fixed magazine ar15. With a fixed magazine I can have a muzzel break, forward grip, pistol grip, and adjustable stock.

  77. What will happen to my NYS gun permit and pistol if I were to move to a different state?

      1. Not only spend time, but have a part time residence in NYS

  78. How do you find out if someone is allowed to carry a pistol? Person claims to have a full carry but with past history I don’t believe they would be able to poses and obtain the proper permitting. Where can I find this information out?

  79. Once i obtain my pistol permit, is there a certain time frame i have to put a gun on it? If i dont, does my permit expire?

    1. It depends on what county you live in. Niagara you do not need to purchase to maintain your permit.

    2. Erie County is either 30 or 60 days. Can’t remember exactly,it’s been 20 years…

    3. When I received my permit in Nassau, there was no restriction as to buying a handgun. I didn’t get one for 6 months and no issue when I went to register it

  80. Can I legally travel into N.Y with a pistol in my vehicle as long as it isn’t loaded and locked in a safe inside a toolbox ? I have a CCW in N.C but I know N.Y doesn’t recognize that .

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      please read the section on travel through New York above, we advice you to avoid NY if you are carrying a firearm. Federal law is supposed to protect you but in this state they often just ignore it and let the courts sort it out.

  81. I live in Suffolk County NY, are you allowed to open carry in your home? Even with front door open?
    Thank you for your help!

    1. “Castle Doctrine” You have the right to defend your’s and property. With deadly force if necessary.

  82. Good evening everyone, I’m going to NYC for the holidays and have a CCW issued in Rochester NY ,(Upstate NY). Will NYC honor my permit? If not, is there some form that I could fill out or number that I can call to get a temp week pass or something?? Lol

  83. I was wondering, if I have a firearm permit. And often keep my gun in my car and often travel for work with in new york but sometime the highway I take goes into Connecticut for about a mile or so. If I were to get pulled over while technically in Connecticut. Can I get in trouble? Thank you in advance.

    1. Yes you could. I would advise you to be discreet while on that stretch or take and alternate route

    2. You must be driving on 684. There are no exits on that stretch of highway. just don’t stop.

  84. Hey all, question about storage at home. I understand that the weapon needs to be locked in a safe or at least stored away with a locking device. What are the exact laws or preferred methods and does ammunition need to be stored in a separate safe?

    1. Your gun should be secured so that unauthorized people cannot obtain it. A locking device such as a trigger lock is not sufficient. A secure lockbox that is attached to the floor or wall, or a safe, would be sufficient. Ammunition MUST be stored separately from your firearms.

      1. Didn’t think that ammo has to be separate. Since it would render home defense useless if you had to go to a separate area to get ammo and load it.

      2. SHUT the fuck up u stupid bitch i kill people for a living they dont need a gun box to lock it just open carry whoever looks scared kill them bitch

  85. Another important point is that the NY SAFE Act, besides limiting the maximum size of the magazine for to 10 rounds, it’s illegal to carry more than 7 rounds in a handgun magazine (except in the home or at a range). 10 rounds are permitted in rifles.

    1. Actually, the NY State ‘s Second Circuit court ruled that 10rds is in fact legal.

    2. That was changed in 2013. NYSPL 264.37. Members are instructed NOT to enforce the provisions of 265.37 at this time. (State troopers field guide). Due to court case Treamo d v New York.
      Read it for yourself and decide how to best proceed.

    3. I personally think it’s a gray area… Been looking for the same answer and can’t find much on the Inter webs besides armchair gun lawyers, safe act website still says 7. I have read other things stating that state troopers are not going to enforce that rule/law whatever it is. My problem is with the local police, how are they gonna treat it?? I don’t know,still haven’t found anything in writing.

  86. I noticed an error: Handguns CAN be registered to more than one person in New York State. The most common situation is when a husband and wife each have a permit – the guns can be registered to both. This prevents problems if one of them passes away.

    1. Jeff, You are correct we actually hade our district attorney of Steuben County do a Q&A at our S.C.O.PE. (Shooter’s Committee on Political Education) meeting one evening and not only can you co-register with a family member but you can co-register with whom ever you would like as long as they have a CCW . This also helps in case for some reasons your guns were going to get confiscated for a period of time, they instead of going into lock up at the Sheriff’s office they would go to your co-registrar, obviously before someone comments, not if you committed a crime with it.

    2. This varies on a county by county basis. It is not allowed in Rensselaer County for example.

  87. I am a resident of Virginia and legally own a handgun here. Can I take it with me for a visit to the family farm in Cattaraugus County? And if I can take it… the handgun carries 17+1; do I need to get smaller capacity magazine ?

    1. No, you cannot legally carry in New York State with a Virginia License.
      Yes, you would need a magazine that cannot hold more than 10 rounds but that’s mute point without a NYS permit.

      1. Check Resprocity laws, West Verginia NO, Verginia as far as I see “on this site” Does allow your Verginia CCH permit Honored in NY State. Not NY city.
        Odd cause, Verginia does not honor/recognize a NY CCH permit in verginia’s state. (Must be a verginia resident) ????? that’s BS :((
        Also…. 10 Rd clips only!

        1. NY Does not allow a non resident to CCW in NY state. Including Virginia. If you were coming here for a competition, you could transport the unloaded handgun and associated 10rd magazines to that competition, but you would not be able to load it and possess it in the guise of concealed carry

  88. Can a gun be registered to more than one person?
    No, firearms can only be registered to one person.

    not true, atleast in my County … My wife and I have all the same guns listed on our permits

    1. Immediate family yes, friends and any others no.
      Niagara county did permit this.

    2. This is a county by county issue. In Monroe, a gun can be co-registered to many people. In other counties, only 2. In some, they do not allow people to co-register handguns.

  89. Regarding the question regarding a gun being registered to more than one person. All my pistols are registered to myself, my wife and my son, done so through the County pistol permit office. Is that question answered in error or is the County doing something wrong?

  90. If I’m visiting family in Kentucky can I bring my carry pistol and one of my long guns to shoot on the family farm? I have a CCW here in upstate NY and see that KY recognizes my permit. We are driving straight through to KY so no overnights in other states.

    1. Yes you can and also in KY you can open carry it without any permit but they do honor NYS ccw permit

  91. what If I own a bolt action Ruger and I follow the protocol for storage at an airport and I ‘m flying in from another state to NY with my rifle??

  92. Am going to Montana, a reciprocal state. Is it legal to carry a concealed pistol in the National Park? (assuming I transport it there legally)

  93. Can you bring legal guns from another state when you move to new york

    1. Author

      Comment from one of our readers:
      “Have them shipped to an FFL around where you will be living. You will need to apply for a pistol permit and add all of them onto it when you apply. You can not do this until you are a NY state resident and for a specific length of time (maybe 6 months but i’m not sure) someone will need to chime in on that. The FFL will hold onto them until your NY permit comes through and then you go pick them up. Sounds complex, but it’s mostly a lot of waiting both before applying and after. Realistically you can expect maybe… maybe 1 year from the time you move to when you can pick up your pistols (That’s if it’s only 6 months that you have to be a NY resident before you can apply for a permit). It honestly depends on the county from that point on for length of your wait. Some are a month and a half, some are 7+ months. If you want to avoid the FFL, you can ship them to a police department for holding, but I would rather have an FFL hold onto them, although if you don’t personally know any FFL then police may be your best bet. I’ve heard people having a better experience having NY State Troopers take possession.”

    2. Long guns you can bring with you. If your talking pistols it depends on the county you are or going to live in. each county is different. some are 6 months. but most have an out of state to NY stipulation. Look up the county Sherriff’s office website and see what they have online or call them directly. They will help you

  94. I live in Florida and my parents on property in Cattaraugus County… With my Florida license I can carry in every state to drive to NY but NY… What can I do to be legal in NY

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      New York is a tough one. Your only option is to try and get a NY permit. But as you are not a resident that would be difficult. I am not familiar with Cattaraugus county but if it is a rural county they may be more accommodating, give them a call and see what they say.

  95. I am interested in purchasing an 80% lower to make my own glock pistol in my workshop at home. Do I need a pistol permit to do the machine work and possess this firearm once it it complete and functional? I live in western new york not NYC.

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      Sorry we do not have an answer for that question as the statutes do not specifically address that issue. If any one knows please post it here. The only other option is to contact your local CCW issuing authority although I suspect they may not know either.

      1. The answer is NO. You cannot create a firearm that would require a license you don’t have. Call 1-855 LAW GUNS and let the experts at the troopers answer that.

    2. yes, you would need a permit to legally own the frame as soon as you made the first cut or drilled the first hole in the frame. At that point the frame is a firearm, and if you were caught with it, even if it wasn’t finished and assembled, you could be arrested for possessing an unregistered handgun. One without a serial number on it too, unless that was your first bit of work on it. Consider just how gun-friendly NY is before heading down that road.

  96. This information is not correct. New York does NOT allow open carry. A You must conceal or you are breaking the law. You are allowed to have a firearm in the car but with stipulations: Rifles/shotguns do not require a permit. Only handguns do.

    1. Actually, there is no specific statute that specifies ‘concealed carry’. However, in PL Section 400-2(f) it reads: “To have and carry concealed without regards to place of possession…” So, by the issuing statute, the NY permit has 7 types, one of them being Concealed.

  97. How much longer will it take for someone to sue NYC for charging $430.00 for a licence to possess a handgun in one’s home? The Second Amendment right to keep & bear arms is just that–a right. Rights are not licensed let alone subject to payment of fees, privileges are. Any court obtuse enough to hold that NYC’s licensing fees are constitutional ought to concede that rights protected by the First Amendment are subject to licensing and fees. (Better yet, its judge ought to be disbarred.) Therefore, the NY Times, Post, and Daily News should have to obtain licences to publish–and have to pay for their periodic renewals.

  98. Good evening,quick question I’m have been disabled for 4 years now with more surgerys in my future,can I apply for right to carry for protection for my family and myself,I have had my pistol permit for over 20 years,clean record,not even a speeding ticket, before my injurys protecting myself believe me was no promblem, putting that aside,my family comes first,I hope and pray It never happens,if it should I want to defend to the BEST of my ability, you don’t get second chances in these situations,Thank you for any response

    1. Author

      would depend on what county you are in as some counties require you to undertake a training course. You would need to demonstrate that you can use a firearm safely and your injuries do not prevent you from doing so.

  99. Author

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