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If you are traveling to New York City and you plan to bring a firearm, you should be familiar with New York State gun laws.

There are laws for firearms which regulate:

  • Buying
  • Selling
  • Owning
  • Using

These laws also include the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act

New York City has its own rules for purchasing and carrying firearms. To own a handgun, you need a valid City handgun license. To own a rifle or shotgun, you need a City-issued permit.

You should always check local, state, and federal laws prior to traveling. There are limited exceptions to the rules, including for some military personnel or police officers on official duty.

Learn about the SAFE Act.

Learn more about gun licenses and permits issued by the New York City Police Department.