New York Gun Law Summary

Question: What are the Gun Laws in New York?
Answer: Child Access Prevention Law? No.
Definition.....Requires adults to either store loaded guns in a place that is reasonably inaccessible to children, or use a device to lock the gun. If a child obtains an improperly stored, loaded gun, the adult owner is criminally liable.

Juvenile Possession Law? Yes. 

Definition: Bars possession of handguns by juveniles (usually those under 18). Some states grant exceptions for guns used for hunting and target practice.

Juvenile Sale/Transfer Law? Yes. 

Definition: Bars or restricts the sale or transfer of specified guns to a youth (usually, a person under 18).

State Requirements

Rifles and Shotguns
  • Permit to purchase rifles and shotguns? No.
  • Registration of rifles and shotguns? No, except in New York City.
  • Licensing of owners of rifles and shotguns? No, except in New York City.
  • Permit to carry rifles and shotguns? No, except in New York City.


  • Permit to purchase handgun? Yes.
  • Registration of handguns? Yes.
  • Licensing of owners of handguns? Yes.
  • Permit to carry handguns? Yes.

Other Requirements

  • Is there a State waiting period? Up to 6-month wait to acquire permit to purchase a handgun.
  • Is there a FBI *NICS check for firearm transactions? Yes.
  • Permit to carry a concealed weapon required? Yes.
  • Record of sale: Yes.

*NICS - National Instant Check System

Caution: This summary is meant for general purposes only. Firearm laws frequently change.

Source: Department of the Treasury Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms - State Laws And Published Ordinances - Firearms