New York State Gun Laws: What You Should Know

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As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on gun laws…

New York State gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions in your state. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding New York State gun laws.

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

Yes, it is legal to possess a loaded firearm in your vehicle with a New York Pistol License (NYPL) only. A New York City Pistol License is required in NYC. It is legal to transport a legal firearm through New York under federal interstate transportation law 18 USC § 926A. The handgun must be unloaded, with neither the firearm nor any ammunition readily accessible from the passenger compartment. In the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment, the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console. If you don’t have a NYPL and happen to stop at a motel overnight, you will be in violation of the law and subject to arrest.

How Many Rounds Can You Carry in New York?

Magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds or that can be readily restored or converted to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition are illegal in New York.

Can You Walk Around With a Gun in New York?

Concealed carry is only legal with a New York Pistol License (NYPL). NY State prohibits any state resident without a NYS Pistol License, over the age of 21, from possessing a handgun at all. Not in their home, not outside, unloaded or loaded.

Those between 14 and 21 have a special exemption under PL 265.20 to possess a handgun at a range under the guidance of an instructor or trained adult. The handgun must be legally registered to that adult.

Can a Retired Police Officer Carry a Gun in NYC?

Qualified law enforcement officers (LEO) and retired LEOs may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details, check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Can You Open Carry in New York?

New York State law is extremely vague on open carry. Open carry in public is not legal in most instances. While no law specifically bans open carry, a pistol license to carry is issued to carry concealed.

How Much Is a Pistol Permit in New York?

The cost for a new New York Pistol License (NYPL) is $20. The recertification is typically $10 but varies by county. The cost for a new or renewed New York City Pistol License is $340. Fingerprint fees are separate.

Do New York State Pistol Permits Expire?

New York State Pistol Licenses (NYPL) never expire. They are re-certified every five years, however, which includes updating personal information. NY City Licenses are valid for three years.

Ready to Learn More About New York State 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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