New York State now has some of the toughest gun ownership legislation in the country. The process for obtaining a license to possess or carry a rifle, shotgun, or handgun depends upon the county or city of residence of the applicant. State gun licensing laws confer a great deal of authority on local agencies in the decision-making process.
New York State Rules for Concealed Weapons
People living anywhere in New York, except within the five boroughs of New York City, must abide by state and federal regulations pertaining to firearm ownership. A state license is not required to possess a rifle with a barrel of at least 16 inches in length and a shotgun with a barrel that is at least 18 inches long. Possessing a rifle or shotgun in New York City is illegal without a license issued by the New York City Police Department.
Possession of a handgun requires a license obtained from the licensing authority in the city or county of residence of the applicant or, in the case of a business owner, the business location. The licensing authority might be a judge, county clerk, or police official depending upon local rules and ordinances.
Steps in the Application Process to Carry a Gun
Getting a license to carry a concealed weapon begins with the completion of an application form. The form requests the name, address, and personal information about the applicant, the names of character references, and the reason why the applicant needs to carry a weapon. Along with the application, an applicant must submit a set of fingerprints that are sent to the:
- New York State Police
A license to own and possess a gun in New York also authorizes a person to carry the weapon unless the license is restricted. Practically all licenses issued in New York are restricted unless an applicant can establish good cause why permission to carry a concealed weapon should be granted.
General Requirements for a License to Carry a Weapon
An applicant must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the city or county in which the application is submitted and cannot be a convicted felon or otherwise prohibited under state or federal law from owning a firearm. Some jurisdictions within New York also require a personal interview of the applicant or completion of a firearms training program prior to the issuance of the license.