I take my firearms out of state all the time. It really isn't an issue.
I have researched and read about this rule but it seems kind of gray. I live in NJ right on the NJ/NY border. There is a range right over the NY in NY about 10 minutes from me. I have a NJ FID card, but i am not sure if I can bring my gun to shoot at the NY range. What i have read is you can IF you are going to a certified NRA event and have in my possesion a match registration card or program. I just want to shoot I dont think that qualifies as an event. ANybody know the correct law or have an experience? Thanks
I take my firearms out of state all the time. It really isn't an issue.
Basically, the answer is no. Handguns definitely no. Rifles/shotguns can be brought THROUGH NYC are not required to obtain a NYC permit for the rifle/shotgun if in New York City for less than 24 hours and the rifles and shotguns are at all times unloaded and in a closed case, or in a locked automobile trunk.
Summary of the rules (sorry it's not the answer you were hoping for, but at least you now have clarification on the matter):
Within NY State:
It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess or
transport a handgun in or through the state unless he
has a valid New York license. (A provision of federal law
provides a defense to state or local laws which would
prohibit the passage of persons with firearms in interstate
travel if the person is traveling from any place where he
may lawfully possess and transport a firearm to any other
place where he may lawfully possess and transport such
firearm and the firearm is unloaded and in the trunk. In
vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm shall be in
a locked container other than the glove compartment or
A member or coach of an accredited college or
university target pistol team may transport a handgun
into or through New York to participate in a collegiate,
Olympic or target pistol shooting competition provided
that the handgun is unloaded and carried in a locked
carrying case and the ammunition is carried in a separate
Non-resident target shooters may enter or pass through
New York State with handguns for the purposes of any
NRA approved competition or IHMSA sanctioned match,
within 48 hours of the competition, if the competitor has
in his possession a copy of the match program, proof of
entry and a pistol license from his state of residence. The
handgun must be unloaded and transported in a locked
opaque container. This provision does not apply in NY
cities not wholly contained within a single county or to
people with felony convictions.
Possession of firearms by a person who is a nonresident
of this state is lawful while attending or traveling to or
from an organized convention or exhibition approved by
the NRA, and in which the nonresident is a registered
participant within forty-eight hours of such event,
provided that the nonresident has not been previously
convicted of a felony and further provided that the
firearms are transported unloaded in a locked opaque
container together with a copy of the convention or
exhibition program, convention or exhibition schedule or
convention or exhibition registration card. This provision
does not apply in NY cities not wholly contained within
a single county.
A non-immigrant alien may possess a rifle or shotgun
for use while hunting provided he has a valid hunting
license issued by New York State and an approved gun
import form from the BATFE.
Within NYC - handguns:
Only a person age 21 or older can be granted a permit to purchase and possess a firearm. It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, or dispose of a firearm to any person under the age of 21 within the city of New York, unless such person is otherwise exempt by law. Exemptions include:
• persons in the military service when duly authorized to carry or possess a firearm or in pursuit of official duty;
• persons employed in fulfilling defense contracts requiring possession of a firearm under such contract;
• police officers;
• peace officers legally authorized of possess a firearm and permitted to do so by their employer; and
• participants in special events when authorized by the Police Commissioner.
A license is required to possess a handgun for any purpose. The Commissioner of the New York City Police Department is the issuing authority for handgun licenses. Only a licensed handgun owner can legally possess handgun ammunition, provided it is in the caliber of the licensed handgun. Only the licensed handgun owner can legally possess a magazine for the licensed handgun, provided it does not exceed 17 rounds capacity or extend below the grip of the handgun.
Handgun licenses issued elsewhere in New York State are not valid in New York City. New York City licenses are valid throughout New York State. However, a New York State license to carry or possess will be valid in New York City provided that the handguns are transported by the licensee in a locked container, and the trip through New York City is continuous and uninterrupted.
Within NYC - rifles & shotguns:
A permit issued by the Firearms Control Section of the Police Department’s License Division is required to possess a rifle or shotgun in New York City. It is unlawful for a person to possess a rifle or shotgun unless he is the holder of a permit as well as a certificate of registration, issued by the Firearms Control Section of the Police Department’s License Division for each rifle or shotgun.
Any person holding a valid license to carry a concealed weapon in accordance with the provisions of the New York Penal Law will be issued a shotgun or the rifle permit upon application and payment of the $55.00 fee.
The following persons may possess a rifle or shotgun without a permit:
• Persons under 18 when in the actual presence or under the direct supervision of an adult who possess a permit, or taking part in an approved competition or target practice in and upon an approved firing range, provided that the rifle or shotgun is otherwise properly registered or exempt from registration by virtue of some other provision of this chapter. This exemption shall not apply to assault weapons.
• Persons in military service;
• Peace officers;
• Non-residents in transit for less than 24 hours;
• Members of an accredited civilian rifle club who ere given rifles obtained through the DCM;
• Members of a rifle team representing an educational institution;
• Persons transporting rifles and shotguns as merchandise;
• Persons who possess antique rifles and shotguns, defined as those manufactured prior to 1894 and replicas which are not designed to fire fixed ammunition, or for which fixed ammunition
is not commercially available;
• Inheritance, whether by testamentary bequest or by the laws of intestacy, except that the person who receives or acquires said rifle or shotgun is subject to obtaining a permit as well as a certificate of registration. If the heir or legatee of the owner of such a rifle or shotgun does not qualify to possess the rifle or shotgun, the rifle or shotgun may be possessed by the heir or legatee for the purpose of sale for a period not exceeding 180 days or further limited period beyond the 180 days as may be approved by the Commissioner, extensions in no event to exceed a total of 90 days.
Non-residents in transit who are carrying rifles and shotguns with them are exempt from the permit and registration requirements provided they remain in New York City for less than 24 hours and the rifles and shotguns are at all times unloaded and in a closed case, or in a locked automobile trunk.
Only a rifle or shotgun owner with a permit is allowed to possess ammunition suitable for the registered rifle or shotgun and is allowed to possess a magazine for the registered rifle or shotgun, provide it does not exceed five rounds capacity.