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What is a New York firearms license?

| Jul 30, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

A firearms license is something you may need in certain situations in New York. According to the New York State website, each county handles firearm licensing, and it is not always mandatory.

Typically, you would want to secure a license for concealed carry or to have the right to carry at certain locations or when at work.


Since the licensing happens within each county, you will submit your application to the county court in which you live. In some areas, you may apply with the sheriff or police departments.

Your application must include personal information about yourself, including your address, Social Security number, mental health history, physical description and date of birth. You also need to have character references.


To get a firearm license, you must have a legal reason for your request, be a resident of the state and be at least 21 years old. In addition, you have to have a good moral character with no felony convictions or convictions for other serious crimes.

Cost and time

Costs vary for each county and may vary by type of license. You should check with your county agency for updated pricing. It will usually take a minimum of four months to receive your license once you submit your application, but this may also vary.


If the state approves your application, you do have the right to keep this information private. You can make a request with your county clerk’s office to not release the information to the public. You will have to complete a form to make this request.


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