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Gun Laws in New York State | What You Should Know

Attorney Kevin T. Conway is a staunch advocate of gun rights, which is why, for years, he has worked to inform and defend individuals who’ve been wrongly or unfairly charged with gun crimes. Part of being an honest criminal defense attorney is to inform the public of how to avoid being charged with crimes altogether. Gun laws in New York are stringent, and it is possible to violate the law without even knowing it. Please continue reading and speak with our Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn more about the gun laws in New York State.

Gun Laws in New York State | FAQ

What gun permits are available in NYS?

The three main types of gun permits available in New York State are as follows:

  • A permit to possess/carry during employment
  • A permit to carry concealed
  • A permit to possess on-premises

After applying for your gun permit, you will most likely have to wait up to four months to hear back regarding the status of your application.

Do I need a gun permit to own a shotgun in New York?

No, you do not. However, if you live in New York City, then you will need to obtain a gun permit.

How can I get a handgun permit in New York?

To qualify for a handgun permit in New York State, you must provide proof that you are an NYS resident and that you are over the age of 21. You will also have to prove that you are of “good moral character,” that you do not have a criminal record, and that you have a “legally-recognized reason” for purchasing a firearm.

How do I get a pistol permit in New York?

Those who live in New York City, Suffolk, or Nassau County will have to apply to the police commissioner. Persons who live in the easternmost towns of Suffolk County must apply to the Sheriff. Citizens of Upstate New York must apply with County Court through the county clerk’s, sheriff’s, or court clerk’s office. You must include the following information in your application:

  • Your name, date of birth, and address
  • Character references
  • Your Social Security Number
  • A physical description
  • Your mental health history
  • Details about any criminal record

If you have been wrongfully charged with a gun crime in New York State, please do not hesitate to give our New York criminal defense attorney a call today.


Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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