As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay updated on New York City gun laws…

New York City gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions in your city. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding New York City gun laws. (Not from New York City? Check the Legal & Second Amendment tab for your state.)

Can You Have a Gun in Your Car in New York City?

Yes, based upon the terms of a New York Pistol License (NYCPL) only. If you travel through New York City, you are required to follow the state law. You must have a New York state pistol license. the firearm and ammo must be in separate locked boxes and placed in the trunk. Transport within New York City must be continuous and uninterrupted. You are not permitted to stop in the city.

How Many Rounds Can You Carry in New York City?

Magazines with a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition are illegal in New York City. In addition, a magazine that contains more than seven rounds of ammunition is also prohibited. Lastly, any device obtained after January 15, 2013, that has a capacity of, or can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than seven rounds of ammunition is illegal.

Can You Carry a Concealed Gun in New York City?

Concealed carry is only legal with a NYCPL. No handguns can be taken into the city unless New York City has validated your license. New York prohibits the possession of a “loaded” handgun outside of the home or place of business without a carry license. The term “loaded” includes any firearm possessed by a person who also possesses any ammunition which may be discharged by the firearm, whether the firearm is loaded or unloaded.

Is It Hard to Get a Gun License in New York City?

New York is a may-issue state with concealed weapons permits issued at the local level by the county sheriff or court system. Obtaining a license from a may-issue state requires more information than shall-issue states. Local law enforcement has discretion in determining whether or not to issue a concealed weapons permit to an applicant. Since there are seven types of pistol licenses available, the complexity of the application process varies. It also varies based on the county that issues the license. For instance, applicants for a carry license and those seeking a premise license for use in connection with their employment must complete a Letter of Necessity. Applicants are also required to supply four personal references from persons that are not related to them.

Can I Bring My Guns if I Move to New York City?

If a person moves into New York City, he or she cannot bring the gun without a special NYPD commissioner permit. Therefore, if you are moving into the city, you will need to find a storage facility for your firearms or a family member who you can temporarily transfer ownership to, because you would not be able to bring them into the five boroughs. Once you obtain your NYCPL, you could register your firearm and utilize a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to bring it into New York City.

How Much Is a Pistol License in New York City?

The cost for an initial New York City Pistol License or a renewal is $340. Fingerprint fees are $89.75. Licenses are valid for three years.

Can You Carry a Knife in New York City?

The circumstances surrounding the carrying of the knife is what makes its possession illegal. New York City administrative code asserts that any knife carried openly is illegal unless it is being used for or transported immediately to or from a place where it is used for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking or any employment, trade or occupation customarily requiring the use of such knife. The following are circumstances which make carrying a knife illegal:

  • Possessing a knife which has a blade length of 4 inches or more in any public place, street or park
  • Openly carrying a knife in a public place, street or park with an exposed or unexposed blade, unless such person is actually using such knife for a lawful purpose as defined

In addition, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority rules prohibit any weapon, dangerous instrument or any other item intended for use as a weapon from being carried in or on any facility or conveyance.

Ready to Learn More About New York City Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about New York’s concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the New York gun laws page now…


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