I feel horrible knowing that someone out there is so concerned for
their physical safety that purchasing a handgun is their only relief.
I am not a huge fan of guns by any means, but I have put that
completely to the side when looking for the information you request. I
would like to add, if you do go through with getting all the proper
permits and licensing to carry a handgun in the City of New York,
please take as many safety courses and range classes as you can. A
well trained gun owner is the safest gun owner. Please be careful and
I hope that someday soon, you will feel comfortable without a handgun.
In New York City in order to purchase a handgun, you must first have a
gun permit. NYC gun permits are time restrictive, so you will be
expected to continually update your gun permit. In order to purchase a
gun, a further requirement is a ballistical fingerpint. Handled by
your local gunsmith, or your licensed firearms specialist. A single
shell casing fired from the handgun, and any other identifying
information about the handgun must be submitted to the state. This is
for forensic ballistics. Lastly, you must now go and submit an
application for a carry permit in the City of NY. You must now show
just cause as to why you should be allowed to conceal a handgun on
your person when traveling in NYC. If you commute in and out of NYC
you may need to apply for several carry permits.
"New York: State law requires handgun buyers to obtain a license from
law enforcement prior to purchasing a handgun - this is a license to
"possess" not just to purchase. Applicants must be 21. The license
only involves a background check and fingerprinting, no safety
training is required. The license is also generally required to be
"loaned" a handgun outside of the presence of the owner. License
applications may take up to six months. The license is generally good
until revoked, except in New York City, Nassau/Suffolk/Westchester
counties which have fixed license period. License fees vary but are at
least $74, the cost of fingerprint processing."
"N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 396-ff(2) requires any firearms manufacturer
that ships, transports or delivers a handgun to any person in New York
to include a separate sealed container with a shell casing of a bullet
or projectile discharged from the handgun, along with additional
information that identifies the handgun and shell casing.
A state-licensed gunsmith or firearms dealer must, within ten days of
delivering a handgun received on or after March 1, 2001, forward to
the division of state police the sealed container enclosing the shell
casing from the handgun. Section 396-ff(5). The division of state
police must enter the pertinent data and other ballistic information
into an automated electronic databank designed to ensure compatibility
with national ballistic technology. Section 396-ff(6)."
"New York is a "may issue" state, meaning that local law enforcement
has discretion in determining whether or not to issue a concealed
weapons permit to an applicant. A license to carry a concealed handgun
may be granted by the appropriate licensing authority on the same
basis as a license to possess a handgun (see New York Background
Checks section), except that those seeking to have and carry a handgun
without regard to employment or place of possession must show "proper
cause." N.Y. Penal Law § 400.00(2)(f).
The felony or serious offense conviction of a licensee acts as an
automatic revocation of the license to carry a handgun. Section
400.00(11). In certain situations, a court issuing a domestic
violence order of protection or finding that an individual violated an
order of protection must revoke the individual?s license to carry a
handgun or, if none exists, order the individual ineligible for a
license. N.Y. Family Ct Act § 842-a.
The fee for a license to carry a handgun may be set by each county but
may be no less than three dollars or more than ten dollars. However,
the City Council of the City of New York and the Board of Supervisors
of the County of Nassau may determine the fees for licenses in their
jurisdictions. Section 400.00(14).
A person who carries a handgun or short-barreled shotgun or rifle
without a permit commits a class A misdemeanor. Section 265.01(1).
Additional application and background check requirements, as well as
permit suspension or disqualification information, are detailed under
Sections 400.00(3), 400.00(4), 400.00(4-a), and 400.00(7). "