New York Gun Laws New York is often named as the most difficult state for
acquiring firearm permits of all the United States, though Maryland and
New Jersey are close behind. The methods for acquiring a license for
carrying a handgun are extensive and come with many different levels to
get through. Even after a license has been obtained, certain
restrictions apply for how and when the firearm can be used.
All New York firearm restrictions are set by the proper jurisdictions
that can vary depending on the county. Only those who have valid and
current handgun licenses are allowed to purchase, carry, or possess
handguns inside the state boundaries of New York. The state of New York
has made this law on purpose to insure the safety of its residents.
New York Firearm Licensing New York does not allow part-time residents or residents of
other states to register for firearms licenses. Only those on active
military duty are allowed to have handguns if they are not full
residents of the state. Those who travel through New York without a
valid New York license can find problems, even if the firearms are kept
in a safe, lockbox, or a trunk.
Each individual wanting to register for a handgun license will have to
contact his or her county police department. This can also be the city
police department or the sheriff's department depending on the place of
residency. The county must approve that a license is possible and then
pass the application to the state police for more approval. Personal
references will then need to be provided to account for the
individual's character. These associates and friends will be asked to
file information of differing lengths depending on which county the
application is filed.
The pistol licensing application will be processed within six months of
the submission, but each county determines whether the wait will be as
little as four months or more than six months. Unlike other states, New
York does not have a "shall issue" provision for handgun licensing.
There are two kinds of licenses: a carrying license and a premises-only
license. Certain restrictions may apply for both, such as allowance
only for field hunting or traveling with a firearm to or from a firing
range. Administrative penalties or licensing suspension may be applied
if restrictions have been breached.
Different Firearms All forms of handguns are required to be registered in New York,
with the exception of antique replicas and antiques. An individual is
required to have a firearms license to even examine a handgun to be
purchased either at a gun show or a gun store. The proper documents
will then need to be filed before a purchase can be made, including
filing with the local authorities for amendment.
In contrast shotguns and rifles are not required to be registered under
any kind of jurisdiction, with the exception of the firearms that
require registration. Rifles and shotguns are prohibited from being
loaded while in a vehicle or place of business, unless there is a case