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Summary of New York City Gun Laws

New York is now a shall-issue state since the Supreme Court’s ruling on the NYSRPA v Bruen on June 23rd, 2022, with concealed weapons licenses issued at the local level by the county sheriff or court system. 

A permit to purchase, a background check and firearms registration are required to buy a handgun from a private individual in New York. Private sales must be processed by a licensed firearms dealer. It is illegal to possess an unregistered handgun.

New York prohibits the possession of a “loaded” handgun outside of the home or place of business without a license. While no law specifically bans open carry, a pistol license to carry is issued to carry concealed.

Concealed carry is only legal with a New York Pistol License (NYPL). The minimum age is 21, with the exception of honorably discharged members of the military, who can be any age. NY doesn’t recognize permits/licenses from any other states and only residents, part-time residents or anyone who is principally employed or has his or her principal place of business can obtain NYPLs. The one exception are pistol licenses from New York City, which are valid statewide. In addition, a NYPL is not valid in the five counties that make up New York City. No handguns can be taken into the city unless New York City has validated your license. No training is required to obtain a NYPL, except for residents of Westchester county. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and courthouses. There are several types of NYPLs available, but the most commonly issued are the concealed carry and possess on premises licenses. Both licenses can be endorsed with restrictions such as only to be carried during hunting or traveling to or from target practice. In terms of reciprocity, New York does not honor permits from any other states.


New York has a self-defense law based on the Castle Doctrine. In NY, citizens have the duty to retreat from attackers if they feel they can safely do so.

Use of Physical Force
A person may use physical force in self-defense, defense of a third person, in defense of premises, or in order to prevent larceny of or criminal mischief to property.

A person may use physical force when the person reasonably believes it to be necessary to prevent or terminate the commission or attempted commission of a crime involving damage to premises, or to prevent or terminate the commission of a criminal trespass, larceny or of criminal mischief with respect to property. Any degree of physical force other than deadly physical force can be used.

Use of Deadly Force
Deadly force can only be used if the actor reasonably believes that:

  • Another person is using or about to use deadly physical force. However, the actor may not use deadly physical force if he or she can retreat with complete personal safety;  except that the actor has no duty to retreat if he or she is in his or her dwelling and not the initial aggressor;  or
  • Another person is committing or attempting to commit a kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible criminal sexual act or robbery;  or
  • Another person is committing or attempting to commit a burglary, and the circumstances are such that the use of deadly physical force is authorized.

[N.Y. Pen. Law §§ 35.10, 35.15, 35.20 and 35.25]

New York City Gun Laws at a Glance

Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does New York City allow constitutional carry?

No. New York City does not allow constitutional carry.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in New York City?

Although open carry is not directly mentioned, New York City 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.

Gun license Licensure?

If New York City requires a license to carry a concealed firearm, how are those licenses issued?

New York is now shall-issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in New York City to get a concealed carry license?

You must be 21 to carry concealed in NYC.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in New York City with a concealed carry license (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No. An NYCPL does not permit the carrying of weapons other than handguns.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in New York City?

Yes. Based on a U.S. District Court ruling, stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a license as of 4/2019.

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in New York City?

Yes. The possession of “self-defense sprays” by persons who are not felons and who have not been convicted of an assault, and who are at least 18 years old for the protection of person or property and otherwise lawful use is legal. There are certain labeling requirements.

The active ingredient in any canister of legal pepper spray must be oleo-resin capsicum. The maximum net weight of any canister is 3/4oz. Furthermore, the canister itself may not appear to be anything but pepper spray. Sales require both a seller’s license and the completion by a purchaser of a registration form. New York residents may only purchase defense sprays from licensed Firearms Dealers or licensed Pharmacists in NY state. No more than two sprays may be sold at any one time to a single purchaser.

[NY Pen. Code §§ 265.20(14) and (15)


Does New York City have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No more than 7 to 10 rounds. It's complicated, with U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny in Erie County & the 2nd Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals rulings striking down the component that had made it illegal for individuals to load more than 7 rounds of ammunition into a magazine capable of holding 10 rounds. However, the law hasn't been changed.

New York prohibits the manufacture, transportation, disposal and possession of any large capacity ammunition feeding device, which New York law defines as a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip or similar device that:

  • Has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition;
  • Contains more than 7 rounds of ammunition; or
  • Is obtained after January 15, 2013 and has a capacity of, or can be readily restored or converted to accept more than 7 rounds of ammunition.

There are exceptions for attached tubular devices designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition or a feeding device that is a curio or relic. There are also grandfather provisions for devices that have the capacity of, or that can be converted to accept, 8-10 rounds, so long as they were lawfully possessed prior to January 15, 2013, and do not actually contain more than seven rounds of ammunition.

[NY Pen. Code § 265.00(23)]
[NY Pen. Code § 265.02(8)]


Does New York City have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing ammunition and any bullets containing an explosive substance designed to explode or detonate upon impact are prohibited. An ammunition seller or firearms dealer may not transfer any ammunition to anyone other than a licensed dealer unless he or she conducts a check against records maintained in the state’s electronic database and receives a number identifying the transaction and signifying that the transferee is not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing the firearm or ammunition. The ammunition seller or gun dealer must also check a valid driver’s license or other photo identification of the prospective purchaser prior to transfer.

[N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.00(18) and 265.01(7) and 265.01(8)]

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Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in New York City?

Yes, based upon the terms of a 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 with the firearm and ammo in separate locked boxes and placed in the trunk. Transport within NYC must be continuous and uninterrupted. You are not permitted to stop in the city.

Although a NY state license to carry a handgun is generally invalid in New York City, a license is valid if the firearm covered by the license: 

  • Has been purchased from a licensed dealer within the city of New York and is being transported out of the city immediately from the dealer by the licensee in a locked container during a continuous and uninterrupted trip; or
  • Is being transported by the licensee in a locked container and the trip through the city of New York is continuous and uninterrupted.

If you don't have a NYCPL and happen to stop at a motel overnight, then you are in violation of the law and subject to arrest if found with a firearm.

[N.Y. Penal Law § 400.00(6)(b)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in New York City?

No. You may not carry in roadside rest areas in New York City.

[17 CRR-NY IV C 156.12]

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in New York City?

No. It is illegal to carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in New York City.

[Section 190(p)(1) Dept. Lands]

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in New York City?

No. On July 1st, 2022, Gov. Hochul signed legislation banning the carrying of firearms in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol. 

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in New York City?

New York City statutes don't specifically address firearms at hotels. Please note that each hotel develops their own policies and the individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does New York City have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in New York City state law, although employers may have a policy.

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Duty to Inform Officer You're Carrying?

Do you have a duty to inform a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in New York City?

No. There is no duty to inform a law enforcement officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in New York City unless the officer asks.

[NY Pen. Law § 400.00(8)


Is my New York driver’s license linked to my New York City carry license?

No. Your New York City driver’s license is not linked to your New York City City pistol license. Therefore, a law enforcement officer (LEO) will not be notified that you are a concealed carry license holder immediately when they run your driver’s license. However, LEOs may have access to other databases where they can obtain this information.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in New York City? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No. Not mentioned in state statutes.


Does New York City have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. There is partial preemption primarily for handgun licensing. New York laws confer power upon local governments to adopt laws that relate to, among other things, the “protection, order, conduct, safety, health and well-being of persons or property.” However, local laws may not conflict with the state constitution or general laws. Some counties, New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo have enacted magazine limits and more restrictive gun laws for long guns.

[NY Pen. Law § 400.00(6)]

Red Flag Law?

Does New York City have a red flag law?

New York City has a red flag law. It allows police, district attorneys, family or household members, or school administrators or their designees to petition a court to have an order of protection issued to a person to remove their firearms, suspend any firearm license, and prevent them from purchasing, possessing or attempting to purchase or possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun.


Does New York City state law define brandishing?

No definition of brandishing was found in New York City law. However, a person is guilty of menacing in the second degree when he or she intentionally places or attempts to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm.

[N.Y. Penal Law § 120.14]

A person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof he engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior.

[N.Y. Penal Law § 240.20]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Drugs?

Does New York City have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or drugs?

Not addressed in state statutes.

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Does New York City issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents?

Yes for part-time NY State residents or anyone who is principally employed or has his or her principal place of business within New York City.


Does New York City allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

Yes, although gun owners may request that their application information be exempt from public disclosure. However, local and state law enforcement shall have access to such database in the performance of their duties.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in New York City?

Yes. Pistol permits are prerequisites to purchase handguns and long guns. To buy a gun in New York City, you must first obtain a New York City Pistol License. After you have been interviewed and approved, you can then purchase a handgun from any licensed handgun dealer. After you have purchased your new handgun, you will be required to return to the License Division with your new handgun to have the handgun's make, model, and serial number recorded on your license.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales? Exceptions?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in New York City? Are there exceptions?

Yes. For firearms transfers between private parties, a licensed dealer must conduct a background check, provide documentation of the check to the New York State Police and keep a record of the transaction. New York law requires anyone who intends to transfer a lawfully possessed handgun to first notify in writing law enforcement in New York City or  Nassau or Suffolk counties (whichever is appropriate).

There is an exception for transfers between immediate family members. 

New York City license Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current New York City concealed carry license exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?


Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in New York City?

Although there is no specific waiting period prior to the purchase of a firearm in New York, all handgun purchasers must obtain a NYPL, and such licenses may take up to 6 months to process.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in New York City?

Yes. New York City requires every handgun to be registered.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in New York City?

You must be 21 years old to possess or transport a handgun in New York City.

[NY Pen. Law § 400.00(1)(a)]

Possess a handgun on my private property without a license?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a license?

Yes. A concealed carry license is not required for anyone legally entitled to carry a firearm in the person's home or place of business. 

[NY Penal Law §§ 265.03(3)].

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State Constitutional Provision
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed. -Article 2, Section 4 of the New York Civil Rights Law"

New York City Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does New York City honor?

New York does not honor any other states' permits/licenses. An NYC Endorsement is required for a New York State Permit/License to carry to be valid within New York City. 

Other States' Reciprocity With New York City

Which states honor permits from New York City?

Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Indiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Mississippi (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Montana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Vermont (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Alabama (New York City licenses not recognized)

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with New York City

New York City offers resident and non-resident (part-time NY State residents or anyone  principally employed or with their principal place of business in NYC) licenses. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors New York resident licenses (and not those issued to non-residents).

Arizona (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Alaska (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Iowa (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kansas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Maine (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Missouri (permitless carry, at least 19 years old, 18 for military)
Ohio (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Texas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Utah (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Alaska PC-21
Arizona PC-21
Arkansas PC-18
Idaho PC-18
Indiana PC-18
Iowa PC-21
Kansas PC-21
Kentucky PC-21
Maine (permits recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details or PC-21)
Mississippi PC-18
North DakotaPC-18 for residents only
Oklahoma PC-21
Wyoming PC-21

*PC-18 = permitless carry if at least 18 years old

*PC-21 = permitless carry if at least 21 years old

Permitless carry includes constitutional carry states as well as states where an individual must meet certain qualifications, e.g., no DUIs in the last 10 years, in order to legally carry (Tennessee). Each state determines the requirements and any limitations on the carry of firearms. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

New York City  Concealed Carry License Information


An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be of good moral character;
  • Have no prior conviction for a felony or other serious offense;
  • Have no prior conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence;
  • Disclose whether he or she is or has been the subject or recipient of an order of protection or a temporary order of protection;
  • Not have had a license revoked or be under a suspension or ineligibility order;
  • Disclose any history of mental illness;
  • Be free from any disability or condition that may affect the ability to safely possess or use a handgun;
  • Reside or maintain a principal place of business within the confines of New York City;
  • Not have good cause that exists for the denial of the license; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of New York City.


Initial Licenses and renewals $340 
Fingerprint fees are $89.75

Valid For:

3 years

Processing Time:

Up to 6 months 

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

Part-time NY City residents or anyone who is principally employed or has his or her principal place of business within New York City can apply using the same process are residents.

Name/Address Changes:

Complete an Address/Employment Change Report within 10 days. Submit the form along with a recent utility bill for the current address. Failure to report an address change within 10 days may result in the suspension/revocation of your license. See the form for detailed information regarding the various License types.

Lost/Stolen Licenses:

Contact the Handgun Section of the NYPD License Division at (646) 610-5560.

Residency Changes:

Moving to New York and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?
New York issues licenses to residents, part-time residents and anyone who is principally employed or has his principal place of business in NYC. You can apply for your license to the NYPD License Division once you have established your residence or business in the city.

Moving from NYC and have a NYC resident pistol license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your New York license remains valid?
If a person with a NYC pistol license establishes residency in another state, the pistol license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state. Business licenses expire if employment is terminated or the business relocates outside of the city.

New York City Concealed Carry License Application Process

How to Apply for a New York City Concealed Carry License

Step 1:

Determine the type of license for which you would like to submit an application.

Step 2:

You must first register/create a profile using your email address.

Step 3:

Upload the necessary documents and submit completed application. Documents include:

  • Passport-style photo;
  • New York State driver’s license;
  • Social Security card;
  • Proof of date of birth;
  • Proof of residence;
  • Acknowledgement of Person Agreeing to Safeguard Firearms form;
  • Affidavit of Co-Habitant form;
  • Affidavit of Familiarity with Rules and Laws;
  • Law Enforcement Firearm Removal Inquiry;
  • “Good guy” letter;
  • If you are applying for a Special Carry license, upload the front and back of your county license; and
  • If you have more than 4 guns, you must upload a photo of your safe open and closed.
Step 4:

After submission, additional documents must be uploaded. Finalize and submit your application.

Step 5:

NYPD License Division will contact you to schedule a date and time for you to come to NYPD License Division to pay applicable fees and be fingerprinted. You must bring with you originals of all uploaded documents.

Step 6:

After your application and all required documents/forms have been received and reviewed, you will be scheduled for an in-person interview.

Step 7:

Within approximately 6 months of receipt of your handgun application and all required documents/forms, you will receive a letter informing you whether your application was approved.

New York City has five types of pistol licenses available. As of July 16, 2019 Bill A7752 was passed resulting in NYPL 400(6) being amended to allow a licensee to transport their handguns and ammunition in separate locked containers, directly to another residence or place of business where the licensee is authorized to possess the handgun, to and from an authorized range, shooting competition or hunting location. Transport within NYC must be continuous and uninterrupted.

There types of NYC licenses including the following:

Premises License - This is a restricted type of license issued for your residence or business. The licensee may possess a handgun ONLY on the premises of the address indicated on the front of the license. Licensees may also transport their handguns and ammunition in separate locked containers, directly to another residence or place of business where the licensee is authorized to possess the handgun, to and from an authorized range, shooting competition or hunting location. Transport within NYC must be continuous and uninterrupted.

Carry Business License - This license permits the carrying of a handgun concealed on the person valid for the business name, address and handguns listed on the license. 

Limited Carry Business License - The licensee may only carry the handgun indicated on the license in accordance with the specific limitations listed on the license. At all other times, the handgun must be safeguarded within the confines of the address listed on the front of the license stored unloaded in a locked safe.

Special Carry License - This license is valid for the business name, address and handguns listed on the license, only while the licensee has in his possession a valid carry county license issued according to the provisions of article 400 of the N.Y.S. Penal law. 

Carry Guard License - Applications for this type of license must be made with the documentation provided by a company's gun custodian. It is issued only for the handgun listed on the license and only carried while the licensee is actively engaged in employment for the company whose name appears on the license and/or while licensee is in transit directly to or from residence and place of employment. At all other times, the handgun must be stored unloaded in a locked container, at either the address on the license or at the employee's legal residence.

Firearms Training Requirements in New York City

As of July 1, 2022, an applicant must complete 16 hours of classroom training, two hours on a live range, and pass a written test with a score of at least 80 percent.

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New York City Concealed Carry License Renewal Process

How to Renew a New York City Concealed Carry License

Step 1:
Renewals are the responsibility of the licensee. Do not submit a renewal application until you receive a renewal processing letter in the mail. The letter will contain a PIN #, list of required documents and a payment authorization form.
Step 2:

If you have not previously registered online, that will be your first step. Follow the online instructions.

Step 3:

Once your registration is complete you can complete and submit your application

Step 4:

After submitting your on-line renewal application, you must mail the appropriate renewal fee to the address listed on the “Payment Authorization” form. The License Division will not review your submitted renewal application until your renewal fee has been received.

Step 5:

The License Division may also request any additional documents/forms needed to process your application. As soon as a decision is made regarding your renewal application, you will be notified.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) 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.

RLEOs who are residents of New York and have been issued retired credentials in accordance with LEOSA may be qualified by a state-certified LEOSA instructor. Residents can check with their County Sheriff’s office regarding firearms qualification as several counties provide this service.

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office offers RLEO qualification. Requirements include:

  • A copy of valid NEW YORK STATE Pistol License or a current LEOSA HR 218 card;
  • A copy of a current “retired” Peace / Police Officer ID card from your former department; and
  • An original, notarized affidavit; to be notarized prior to arriving at the range. 

Rockland County also offers LEOSA firearms qualification.

New York City Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in New York City?
  • Carry in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? No.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? No. It is illegal to possess a loaded firearm in any motor vehicle without a valid NYPL. It is legal to transport a legal firearm through New York under Federal interstate transportation law 18 USC § 926A provided the handgun is 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, then you are in violation of the law and subject to arrest if found with a firearm. You are not permitted to stop in NYC.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? No.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? No.
  • Carry in Forestry Lands owned by State University of New York College of environmental science and forestry? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in New York City?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Buildings or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university [N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.01-a];
  • On the grounds of a residential child care facility [18 CRR-NY 441.19(f)];
  • In state parks, except for hunting purposes where permitted [9 CRR-NY 375.1];
  • Statue Cruises ferry to Ellis Island & Liberty Island, and the Statue of Liberty Nat'l Monument [NPS Security Standards];
  • Public campgrounds, except during the spring and fall hunting seasons [6 CRR-NY 190.7(a)(3)];
  • Lake George Battlefield Park [6 CRR-NY 190.7(c)(1)];
  • Zoar Valley Multiple-Use Area, except during the small-game and big-game hunting seasons [6 CRR-NY 190.25];
  • Specified trails on the Adirondack Mountain Reserve [6 CRR-NY 190.25];
  • Courthouses;
  • Any facility of the Department of Mental Hygiene, or any residential facility which has an operating certificate issued by the department, except with permission of the director of the facility [14 CRR-NY 45.1];
  • Government buildings in certain cities and counties;
  • Airports;
  • Any public transportation (i.e. trains, buses, ferries, etc.);
  • Within the city of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued by the police commissioner of that city; 
  • Time Square;
  • Churches;
  • Zoos;
  • Homeless shelters; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: New York City Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws 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:

  • It’s illegal to possess, in any public place, street or park any knife which has a blade length of 4 inches or more.
  • It’s illegal to openly carry in a public place, street or park, any knife with an exposed or unexposed blade unless such person is actually using such knife for a lawful purpose as defined.

NY 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. A weapon or dangerous instrument includes, but is not limited to, a firearm, switchblade knife, gravity knife, boxcutter, straight razor or razor blades that are not wrapped or enclosed in a protective covering and sword. Shotguns and rifles that are unloaded and carried in an enclosed case, box or other container which completely conceals the item from view and identification as a weapon are allowed.

It is illegal to sell folding knives with a blade length of 4 or more inches that when opened are locked in an open position and cannot be closed without depressing or moving a release mechanism. 

[NYC Admin. Code 10-133, 10-134 & NY MTA Rules Section 1050.8]


I can legally carry a concealed firearm in New York City, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

There is no known statute in New York City making it illegal to wear a COVID mask while carrying concealed. One state law referring to loitering in public places while congregating with other masked individuals was identified, however it does not address wearing a mask while legally carrying a concealed firearm.

[PEN § 240.35

New York City Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details

Updated to reflect shall-issue status since the Supreme Court ruling in NYSPRA v. Bruen


Added info on driver's license link to permit in At A Glance table


Added information on Self Defense in the Summary


Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary


Added info and statutory links for ammunition restrictions in At A Glance table


Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table


Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table


Added statutory link and details on private gun sales in At A Glance table


Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table


Added related blog posts with links


Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits


Updated the knife laws and added statutory references


Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table


Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations


Added brandishing info to At A Glance table


Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table


Update info regarding whether there is Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry in At A Glance table due to the Governor's signing of A07739


Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary


Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table


Updated NYCPL transport info for premised licenses in Permit Application Process table


Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table


Added permit renewal and name/address change info


Links checked


Added Statue of Liberty to Where Can't I Carry section


Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology


Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table


Added red flag law info to At A Glance table


Added church carry info to location restrictions section


Added info about alcohol or prescription medication in At A Glance table


Mag limit added to At A Glance table

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