Guns are allowed to be owned by individuals in the United States. However, they must go through the proper channels to acquire one and register it. They must also have a license to own such a gun. This is all to protect the safety of individuals. The NY SAFE Act, regarding gun laws, has expanded on the punishments that are put in place against guilty individuals for gun crimes. It outlines these punishments for violated gun crimes. Under New York state law, a permit is required to purchase and carry a handgun. Individuals must also register their handgun with a governing body and have a license to own it. A long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, does not require individuals to have a permit to purchase or carry this type of gun. However, this only applies to those who own a long gun outside of New York City. Within the city, these laws can be different.
If you are found in possession of an unlicensed firearm, you may be charged with a felony. Without a license for a gun, the consequences can be more serious. Since assault weapons have been banned under the NY SAFE Act, you can be charged with a felony if you are found to have one of these in your possession. However, if this assault weapon was legally bought before the NY SAFE Act was put into effect then the charges will not be the same.
New York state has cracked down on punishments for gun crimes due to recent events in the media over the last couple of years. The consequences of owning a gun illegally or being involved in a gun crime have escalated and have increased penalties. New York state is very strict when it comes to crimes involving guns. The charges that are a result of these crimes proves the severity of the crime in the eyes of the state. The NY SAFE Act was passed in 2013 and may be considered to be one of the most strict gun control laws in the country. If you face charges due to a gun violation or crime, you should seek legal counsel immediately to protect your future.
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.