What is the process of getting a handgun license in NYC?
1. Download and fill out the application (links and NYPD licensing info is listed at the top of this page)
2. Get the necessary reference forms (these people have to know you for 7+ years and have it notarized, stating they knew you for 7+ years)
EDIT: User "Brooklyn" noticed that this is no longer documented on the PDF version of the app. After calling NYPD, they confirmed you need 3 references from people who know you for 2 years or more as explained by his post here
notarizations, photos, utility bill, passport, etc. required for the full app, and get the 2 money orders (NOTE: NYPD now takes credit cards as of Nov. 2008!) for the application $340 and fingerprint fee which is roughly $95. Consult the NYPD link for the exact fees. NOTE: If you have roomates or are married/living with an SO, they have to have a signed affidavit notarized stating that "I have no objection with <name here> owning a firearm in our dwelling" or something of that nature. This is important that is says that there is "no objection" and a reference to a gun in your dwelling, home, apartment, residence, etc. If these words do not appear, your license can be delayed/denied (same goes for the character references in declaring time length of the relationship).
3. Go to 1 Police Plaza (1PP) and submit the app in person. This involves live fingerprinting.
4. Rougly 6 months later you'll be called back to 1PP for an in person interview, and will be live fingerprinted again.
5. A few months later you'll get a letter notifiying you of your acceptance/denial
6. Go back to 1PP and pick up a purchase order for your first firearm
7. Purchase your firearm from an authorized FFL within 60 days. Make sure you fill out the BATFE form and get a receipt and have the FFL fill out the purchase order
8. Bring the receipt, purchase order, and your firearm (unloaded, trigger locked, no mag in gun, no ammo on your person, in a locked case) to 1PP. Let the checkpoint know you are carrying a firearm (and let them know it's unloaded and double locked, no ammo). Then go for your gun inspection.
9. You will be inspected, and the serial # recorded. They will then take your picture, put the gun's make, caliber and serial # on the gun license and hand it to you. Make sure you verify that the serial # is correct! If your gun doesn't match the serial # even if it's a typo, you can be arrested!
10. The process is fairly variable. Anywhere from 6 months to 18 months.
Keep in mind that gun licenses in NYC are much like a lease. Technically, you do not own your guns. NYPD does. If for any reason NYPD finds reason to rescind your license (or you let it lapse), they take possession of all your firearms, even if you rightfully paid for them. Keep this in mind.
Note: The premise license is only valid in the NYC 5 boroughs for home and range use only. It's not valid for NY State. Request a hunting endorsement card when you get your permit. It's a green card that's imprinted with a seal. On it it says, the person name on the card with a valid premise license is now legally allowed to transport his firearm throughout NY State.
This is the text on this card:
Note the hours of operation: (Mon - Fri)Police Department - City of N.Y.
This amendment to the Premise pistol license issue to the above licensee, provides for the transport of the firearm(s) indicated on said license, within New York State while unloaded and in a locked container. It shall further authorize the carry of a loaded firearm on the person, while afield, actively engaged in such lawful hunting as is authorized pursuant to the New York State Fish and Wildlife Law.
Licensing: 9AM-4PM (note that people have reported to get there before 2PM since after 2PM will be too late to process you)
Purchase Order pick up: 9AM - noon
Gun inspection: noon-2PM
Process for buying a new gun:
1. Call up NYPD's licensing division, and request a purchase order form
2. You'll receive it in the mail in about a week. Fill out the gun make, model, caliber, and barrel length, reason for purchase, and your handgun license info. Mail it back.
3. In about 6-9 weeks, you'll get a form in the mail telling you to come to 1PP to pick up your purchase order between 9AM-noon.
4. Take your purchase order to a gun dealer/FFL and buy a gun in 60 days. Make sure they fill out the purchase order, BATFE forms, and give you a receipt!
5. Take the purchase order filled out with the receipt, and within 72 hours of buying the firearm, you HAVE to go to 1PP for gun inspection (failure to do so within 72 hours can result in the revocation of your license and firearms). Gun inspections are only from Noon until 2PM, M-F. Make sure the gun is trigger locked, unloaded, no mag in the gun, in a locked case, and bring no ammo.
Procedure for selling a firearm:
Selling to a NY/NYC FFL:
1. Call 1PP and notify your intent of sale and to whom
2. Sell to the FFL, and take your bill of sale and to go 1PP to get the gun removed from your license that day (do not take your time on this!)
Selling privately to another NYC gun license owner:
1. Both buyer/seller call 1PP to notify intent of purchase/sale
2. Make sure the other license owner has obtained the purchase order form from NYPD (if they haven't, it's a 6-9 week process!)
3. Photocopy the back and front of each others pistol license (so you have a copy of the other person's ID when submitting to NYPD)
4. Prepare a bill of sale, notarized, with both your and the buyers signatures, name and address as they appear on your license on this billl of sale, with the gun, make, model, caliber, barrel length (make it closely as the original bill of sale's info). Make sure both the buyer/seller has this information.
5. On the same day, both parties go to 1PP with the photocopied ID and bill of sale to have their pistol licenses updated.
Because all guns are registered in NYC you simply cannot mail your firearm to an out of state FFL. Also you must receive your gun from a NY FFL if purchased out of state.
Lookup FFL's Validity here: https://www.atfonline.gov/fflezcheck
What about Rifle licenses?
1. Fill out the rifle application at the bottom of the page HERE
2. Even if you are a pistol license holder, you will have to fill out everything and get re-fingerprinted
3. Go to the Kew Gardens location and submit the app in person
4. 3-6 months you will get notice to pick up your license, go pick it up in person (this is also valid for NY State as outside of NYC doesn't require a license for long barrels, but requires registration).
5. Rifles and other long barrels also need to be registered, but with the Kew Gardens office, not 1PP. They will give you registration forms when you get your license. Mail this (make sure you retain your copy of this form) with a copy of your bill of sale with a self-addressed return envelope to:
NYC Police Dept.
120-55 Queens Blvd.
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Hunters Education Card:
NY and almost all states in the country require a card that proves that you took a hunter's education class. Info on hunters education class are on NY's Dept. of Environmental Conservation here:
Check out the class links on that site and take a class... why? Here's WHY!
What about banned rifles/shotguns that are considered assault weapons?All courses are free. New York's Sportsman Education Programs are supported in part by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, funded by your purchases of hunting equipment. Additional funding comes from sales of hunting and trapping licenses. Hunters and trappers pay for Sportsman Education and wildlife conservation.
There's a 2 criteria list that would get it banned. On the rifle/shotgun licenses are a few examples. But NYPD has a phone # to direct questions if you want to know a particular gun is banned: (718) 520-9300, this is the phone # listed on the Shotgun/Rifle application.
The shotgun rule basically mirrors 922R code: (although NYC adds a few more restrictions)
Can I have rifles/shotguns outside of NYC in my vacation home outside of the 5-boroughs but within NY State?
If you go to the Rifle section of NYPD's website, then click the PDF for the application: http://home2.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/...ormation.shtml
In that PDF under "Registering Rifles and Shotguns" it says:
While it's not explicit, this could be interpreted as yes it is possible, as NY State does not require a license nor registration, only NYC 5 boroughs does. NOTE: Handguns/pistols must stay at your residence as they are registered there. If your rifle/shotgun is registered to your NYC residence, it must be stored there as well.(f) If the permit holder has a gun stored in a residence outside of New York City and wishes
to register it in New York City, he or she must submit a notarized letter listing the make,
model and serial number of the gun and the address where it was stored. The letter must
also indicate how the firearm was originally obtained. The permit holder must also
complete a registration form and submit it.