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New York Gun Control Laws

After the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which 20 children and six adults were murdered, some states enacted stronger gun control laws (although some states actually loosened their gun laws). New York was one of the first states to act after the mass shooting, when it passed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 -- commonly known as the NY SAFE Act.

Even before the NY SAFE Act, New York had some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. Upon the passage of the law there are a number of new firearms regulations as well as a severability provision which ensures that even if one part of the law is invalidated, the remaining portions can remain valid law.

New York Gun Control Laws At A Glance

For more information on the NY SAFE Act and gun control law basics in New York, see the table below.

Code Section
  • New York Penal Law Article 265 sections (firearms and other dangerous weapons)
NY SAFE Act Provisions

There are many provisions of the NY SAFE Act, but some of the more prominent include:

  • Banning possession of any "high-capacity magazines" regardless of when they were made or sold
  • Requiring ammunition dealers to perform background checks, similar to the requirements imposed for gun purchasers
  • Requiring the creation of an assault weapons registry
  • Requiring the reporting of stolen guns within 24 hours
Carry Permits Issued? Yes, but permits are not automatically valid statewide; each city or county may or may not recognize in-state permits issued by other New York localities.
State Permit To Purchase? Yes for handguns, No for "long guns"
Law Prohibiting Firearms On Or Near School Grounds

Yes, this is a felony under New York Penal Law Section 265.01-a (criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds) and a violation under Section 265.06 (unlawful possession of a weapon upon school grounds)

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Additional Resources For New York Gun Control Laws

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Have Questions or Concerns About Gun Laws in New York? An Attorney Can Help

It's worth noting that New York City has its own separate gun laws and that not all gun permits are automatically valid statewide. Indeed, with such a complex set of laws on the books, most everyone will need the help of a professional when dealing with gun laws. If you have questions or have been charged under one of New York's many gun control laws, there are experienced criminal defense attorneys in your area who can give you peace of mind.

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