New York state is classified as a may-issue state by the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). This means that concealed weapons permits are left up to local law enforcement agencies including court systems and county sheriffs to make such decisions.
It’s unlawful for anyone in this state to possess any loaded handgun anywhere except inside their business or home without a permit.
Individuals who wish to purchase firearms in New York must do so from a licensed private dealer. Prospective gun owners must undergo a background check and register their weapon(s) with the appropriate government agency. No one in New York is permitted to have an unregistered handgun in their possession.
Anyone wanting to apply for a New York Pistol License (NYPL) must be 21 or have been honorably discharged from the military to do so.
NYPLs are not valid in any of the five counties that comprise New York City. Individuals living in this area must have their license validated by city officials to carry it here.
Different types of NYPLs can be issued, including ones that allow permit holders to simply carry their weapon back and forth to target practice or hunting. Others are issued giving residents premises rights, such as to keep their guns at their homes or business. Private individuals are generally not issued permits that would allow them to ever take their handgun into a courthouse or school or other sensitive locations.
Some laws exist on the books which prohibit the possession of a handgun at public parks, rest areas and in restaturants/bars. State statute NY Pen. Law § 400.00(8) requires a stopped motorist to disclose that they have a gun in their vehicle only if an officer asks during a traffic stop. Any violations of these laws could result in an individual’s criminal prosecution.
One of the worst things that can happen is for you to get charged with a weapons offense because you’re not clear about the laws that you’re required to abide by once you’re issued a concealed-carry permit. You may jeopardize your ability to possess a gun and end up with a criminal record if you’re convicted of such an offense.
An attorney with experience defeding those accused of weapons crimes can advise you of defense strategies that you may pursue in your Kew Gardens case if you’ve been charged with such a serious offense.