What guns can I own?

The second amendment gives American citizens the right to bear arms. Although this is our right as Americans to own a gun, the proper channels must be used to get possession of these devices. They can be extremely dangerous and lead to injury if they are not used properly. 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. You should never let anyone else use your gun. They may not have a permit to do so, making their possession of the gun illegal. You may also face repercussions by giving your gun to another person.

Why is a permit needed to own a gun?

A permit is an important thing to have when owning a gun. Without a permit, a person can be charged with a gun violation and can face serious consequences. This can lead to harsh penalties for individuals that are found to be guilty. This may cause them to face possible jail time for these offenses. Gun crimes are taken seriously since people can be put at risk when someone owns a gun without the proper documentation and background checks. If these situations occur and the wrong person acquire a gun, this can put the public in jeopardy. Permits are needed to monitor who owns a gun and for what purpose. By failing to acquire a permit, you are breaking the law. You may also be putting the lives of others in danger. When you receive a permit and your gun is registered, it can help track that gun if it is ever used in a crime. If that gun is not registered and it somehow is lost from your possession, someone may acquire it and use it for wrongdoing. This may make it harder to track who has committed a crime.

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.