New York Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in New York.

In New York, adults may openly carry long guns in public without a permit. However, you must obtain a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body, unless you are in your home or place of business. (40 N.Y,. Con. Laws Ann. § 400.00.)

For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in New York.

How to Obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit in New York

To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at the police or sheriff’s office in the county where you work or reside. To qualify, you must:

  • be at least 21 years old (at least 18 if you have been honorably discharged from the armed services)
  • be of “good moral character”, and
  • have successfully completed a firearms safety training course (Westchester County only).

Additionally, you must not:

  • be a convicted felon
  • have ever suffered from any mental illness or confined to any hospital or institution for mental illness, and
  • present any good cause to deny a license to you.

(40 N.Y,. Con. Laws Ann. § 400.00.)

Does New York Recognize Concealed Handgun Permits From Other States?

No. New York does not recognize concealed handgun permits from other states.

Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Concealed Handgun License

It is a class A misdemeanor to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to 12 months in jail (or three years probation), or both.

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in New York, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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