How to Obtain a Gun Permit in New York



    In order to purchase and own a gun, New York requires individuals to have the right permit. Continue reading and contact our experienced criminal attorney to learn more about gun permits in New York and how to legally obtain a gun.

    What is the purpose of permits?

    Acquiring a permit to own a gown allows law enforcement to monitor who purchases and sells guns through the state. A permit will also inform law enforcement of the reason why they would like to own a gun. Permits are also used in case a crime is committed; law enforcement will be able to trace the firearm back to the owner if a registered gun is used during a crime. Purchasing a gun must be done from a licensed gun dealer or a resident of New York to ensure that all laws are being followed. If a gun owner does not have a permit, they may face severe consequences including potential jail time and a criminal record.

    Am I eligible for a permit?

    Applicants for gun permits must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a permit:

    • Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony or serious offense
    • Applicants must be over the age of 21 unless honorably discharged from the military
    • Applicants must have no clear reason for denial of a licenses
    • Applicants must state whether or not they have suffered from or been treated for mental illness
    • Applicants must have never had a guardian appointed due to lack of mental capacity
    • Applicants must not have ever been committed to a mental institution involuntarily
    • Applicants must not have previously had a gun license revoked
    • Applicants cannot be addicted to controlled substances
    • Applicants must be in the United States lawfully
    • Applicants must be have been dishonorably discharged from the military
    • Applicants must have never renounced their citizenship in the U.S.

    What is the NY SAFE Act?

    The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE Act) was passed in 2013 to change gun and ammunition laws in the state including the following changes:

    • Increased penalties for gun crimes
    • Online dealers must work with a state-licensed dealer
    • Mental health professionals must report any threats from patients
    • Pistol owners must renew permits every 5 years
    • Ammunition dealers are required to do background checks and report all sales to the state

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