How to Get a Firearm in New York State | What to Know

At The Law Office of Carl Spector, we have seen people wrongfully charged with gun-related offenses more often than we’d like to. It is important to understand New York State’s laws for purchasing and owning a firearm. If you have questions regarding how to responsibly and properly obtain a firearm permit, contact our experienced New York criminal defense attorneys today to learn more. Continue reading this blog to help you stay out of trouble and to be a responsible gun owner. Here are some questions you may have about firearm laws in New York State:

What are the different types of firearm permits I can get in New York State?

There are three primary types of gun permits in New York State. They are as follows:

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

It is important to note that once you apply for a gun permit, you may have to wait four months to hear back. If you have questions about the different kinds of gun permits and which might be best for you, do not hesitate to reach out to The Law Office of Carl Spector.

Why do I have to get a firearm permit in New York State?

If you are a resident of New York City, Suffolk, or Nassau County, you will have to apply to the police commissioner to obtain a firearm permit. Those who live in the easternmost towns of Suffolk County will apply to the Sherriff. If you live in Upstate New York, you must apply with the County Court through the count clerk’s, sheriff’s, or court clerk’s office. In your application, you should 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 have been wrongfully charged with a gun crime in Suffern, Rockland County, or New York, it is in your best interest to reach out to our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorneys today.

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

Rifles and shotguns are the most popular choices for firearms in New York. In New York, you do not need a permit to by either, except if you live in New York City.

Contact our experienced Rockland County 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.