How do I Get a Gun in New York State?

As a criminal defense firm, we see people wrongly charged with gun-related offenses all the time. That is why below, we have compiled a short guide to legally purchasing and owning a gun in New York State to help you stay out of trouble and be a responsible gun owner. Here are some of the questions you may have about gun laws in New York State:

What are the different types of gun permits that I can get in NYS?

There are three primary types of gun permits in NYS, and they are as follows:

  • A permit to possess/carry during employment
  • A permit to carry concealed
  • A permit to possess on-premises

Once you apply for your gun permit, you should note that you may have to wait 4 months to hear back.

Do I need a permit to own a shotgun or a rifle in New York State?

Rifles and shotguns are among the most popular choices for firearms in NYS. Many would-be gun owners are relieved to know that in New York, you do not need a permit to buy a rifle or a shotgun in New York except if you live in NYC.

How do I know if I qualify for a handgun permit?

For a handgun permit, you must be over 21 and a resident of NYS. To get a handgun permit, you must also be of “good moral character,” you cannot have a record of past criminal activity, and you must prove that you have a  “legally-recognized reason” for wanting to purchase a firearm.

What do I have to do to get a firearm permit in NYS?

If you are someone who lives in New York City, Suffolk, or Nassau County, you will have to apply to the police commissioner. Those who live in the easternmost towns of Suffolk County will apply to the Sheriff. If you live in Upstate New York you must apply with County Court through the county clerk’s, sheriff’s, or court clerk’s office. In your application, be sure to include:

  • Your name, date of birth, and address
  • Whether or not you have a criminal record
  • A physical description
  • Mental health history
  • Character references
  • Your Social Security Number

If you are someone who has been wrongfully charged with a gun crime in Suffern, Rockland County, or New York, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney today.

Contact our experienced New York firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.