Gun Laws in New York | What to Know

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Gun Laws in New York | What to Know

Each state has vastly different gun laws. New York state takes gun possession very seriously. As a result, gun crimes carry harsh penalties. It is important to know what is illegal when it comes to guns, and what the penalties are for breaking these laws. If you are facing a charge for a gun crime, you will want to retain the help of a dedicated criminal defense attorney. Read on to learn more about how gun laws are classified in New York.

How to Obtain a Permit

Residents of New York City or Long Island are required to apply to the police commissioner or the sheriff in order to get their permits. Residents of upstate New York can apply with the County Court. When submitting 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

Class B Misdemeanor

  • Unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices

Class A Misdemeanor

  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
  • Criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon
  • Certain wounds to be reported
  • Burn injury and wounds to be reported
  • Unsafe storage of rifles, shotguns, and firearms
  • Unlawful possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device

Class E Felony

  • Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds
  • Criminal possession of a firearm

Class D Felony

  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
  • Criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree

Class C Felony

  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree
  • Criminal use of a firearm in the second degree
  • Criminal sale of a firearm in the second degree
  • Criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a minor
  • Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor
  • Aggravated criminal possession of a weapon

Class B Felony

  • Criminal possession of a dangerous weapon in the first degree
  • Criminal use of a firearm in the first degree
  • Criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree

If you are facing a gun charge in New York, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. These charges are taken seriously. An attorney will fight to reduce your charges and explore all potential legal avenues. Contact our firm to speak with a dedicated attorney today.

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Criminal matters can change the course of your life forever. This is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your charges to help mitigate their long-term effects. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you.

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