How do I Purchase a Gun in New York State?

If you are looking to purchase a gun in New York State, it is critical you ensure you do so legally. This is why our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney has composed the following short guide so that all those who wish to purchase a gun understand how to do so within the law’s constraints. Please continue reading to learn more.

Are there different types of gun permits in NYS?

Yes. Generally speaking, there are three main types of gun permits that you may obtain. They are as follows:

  • Permit to carry concealed
  • Permit to possess on-premises
  • Permit to possess/carry during employment

Keep in mind that it may take as long as four months from the date you apply for the permit to receive it.

Do I need a permit to buy a rifle or shotgun in New York?

No. You do not need to have a permit to buy a rifle or a shotgun in New York except if you live in NYC.

Can I get a gun permit in New York?

To get a handgun permit in New York State, you will have to be a resident of NYS and be over 21 years old. You must also be of “good moral character,” you cannot possess a criminal record, and you must have a “legally-recognized reason” for wanting a firearm, among other qualifications. If you do not meet these criteria, you will most likely be barred from getting a gun.

How do I apply for a gun permit in NYS?

Those who live in New York City, Suffolk or Nassau County will apply to the police commissioner. If you live in the easternmost towns of Suffolk County, you will apply to the Sheriff. If you are someone who lives in Upstate New York, to receive a gun permit, you will apply with County Court through the county clerk’s, sheriff’s, or court clerk’s office. Your application must contain information that confirms you are, in fact, eligible to apply for a gun. You will have to include:

  • Whether you have a criminal history
  • Your mental health history
  • Character references
  • Your Social Security Number
  • A physical description
  • Your name, date of birth, and address

For any additional questions about how to legally obtain a gun in New York State, or if you are currently facing gun charges, give our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney a call today.

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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.