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NY SAFE Act: What should I know?

New York State is one of the strictest states in the country when it comes to gun laws. In fact, the NY SAFE Act, which was passed in January 2013, is widely considered to be the strictest gun control laws in the entire United States. That being said, if you are considering purchasing a firearm in New York State, it is essential that you do your research to make sure you don’t accidentally break one of the laws.

Here are a few important provisions of the NY SAFE Act that all New Yorkers need to know:

  • New York State does not allow individuals to open carry handguns
  • Assault weapons are not permitted unless they are registered and were purchased prior to January 2013 when the NY Safe Act was signed
  • Magazines must only be able to hold 10 rounds
  • In order to possess a handgun, New York requires a permit to purchase and carry, a license to own the handgun, and it must be registered with the state
  • Possessing an unlicensed firearm is a felony in NY
  • New York State does not recognize the Firearm Owners Protection Act, meaning that non-residents may not transport guns through the state, regardless of whether they legally own the gun elsewhere

If you have questions about firearms in New York, contact us 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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