How to Purchase/Own a Firearm in New York

If you are looking into purchasing a gun in New York, you may be wondering what types of gun permits are available in the state, if you qualify for a gun permit, and how to legally purchase a gun in New York. Continue reading to learn how to purchase and own a firearm in New York within the law’s constraints. If you have any additional questions about legally obtaining a gun, reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney today.

What firearm permits are available in New York?

There are three different types of gun permits in New York: permit to carry concealed, permit to possess on-premises, and permit to possess/carry during employment. Each of these permits can take up to four months from the date of application to hear back regarding your application’s status.

Note: you do not need a gun permit to own a shotgun in New York unless you live in New York City.

Do I qualify for a gun permit?

In order to qualify for a gun permit, there are a few factors that you will need to prove. The first qualification is to provide proof that you are a New York resident. The next qualification required is proof that you are over the age of 21. Finally, the last qualification is to prove that you are of good moral character. This will include proof that you do not have a criminal record as well as character references. You will then provide your legally recognized reason for purchasing a firearm. If you cannot meet any of these criteria, you will likely be barred from purchasing a gun.

How can I get a gun permit in New York?

The process of applying for a gun permit in New York varies by location:

Nassau County: apply to the police commissioner

Suffolk County: apply to the Sheriff

Upstate New York: apply with County Court through the county clerk’s, sheriff’s, or court clerk’s office.

For each of these application processes, you will provide the following information:

  1. Your name, date of birth, and address
  2. Your mental health history
  3. Details about any criminal history
  4. Character references
  5. Social Security Number
  6. A physical description of yourself

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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.