From NYS Web Site: Apply for a Firearms License
Link: Apply for a Firearms License (ny.gov)
To be eligible to have a firearms license you:
- Must be a New York State resident
- Must be 21 years old
- Have no prior felony or serious offense convictions
- Be of good moral character
- Have a legally recognized reason for wanting to possess or carry a firearm
- Be ready to open the business for which the license is being applied
To complete the State of New York Pistol/Revolver License Application (PPB3), you will need to provide:
- Personal information such as your:
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Physical Description
- Criminal History
- Mental Health History
- Character References
- You will also need to provide a form of identification
What was the United States Supreme Court’s ruling about New York State’s “concealed carry” law?
- On June 23, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling struck down a more than 100 year old law that required an individual to demonstrate “proper cause” in order to be able to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm.
- According to the ruling, New York State’s existing law has been deemed unconstitutional because it gives too much discretion to the State and its licensing officers in determining “proper cause.”
So, is New York’s law overturned? Can I carry a concealed weapon without a permit?
- Nothing in the Supreme Court decision allows anyone to immediately legally carry a concealed firearm in New York State without obtaining the currently-required permits or licenses.
- This also means you cannot legally carry a concealed firearm outside of your home in New York State if you only have a license to possess a gun in your home.
What does this ruling mean for license or permit application processes?
- As of June 23, the application process to obtain a license or permit to carry a firearm in New York State is unchanged.
- Though it is ultimately State law that dictates how firearm licenses are issued, the State has designated the application processes to counties (or in some cases, cities).
- Those who want to change their permit status to get an “unrestricted conceal carry” permit must file an application with their designated local licensing authority.
- For example, in New York City, this would be the NYPD.
What happens next?
- The U.S. Supreme Court recognized that the State of New York will be able to continue to require licenses for concealed firearms, so long as the license requirements clearly lay out who can carry, where they can (and cannot) carry, and the types of firearms residents might have access to. The State can also restrict the carrying of firearms in sensitive locations and otherwise restrict the manner of carrying firearms.
What actions is New York State taking in response to this ruling?
- It is Governor Hochul’s top priority to ensure that New Yorkers are safe and kept out of danger.
- Governor Hochul’s Administration is working closely with the State legislature, county and local leaders, as well as legal experts, to ensure that the State enacts laws and create rules that conform with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision while also ensuring that the ability to access or use firearms is restricted and carefully regulated.
How does New York State’s firearm licensing system currently work? What is likely to change?
- A firearm license is a State-regulated license, and nothing in the Bruen ruling suggests that the State does not have the authority to issue licenses or determine licensing requirements.
- In New York State, licenses are often issued by county licensing entities. It is possible that this process could change moving forward.
- Currently, an applicant must decide what type of license they would like to apply for.
- The most common types of firearm licenses are: (a) Carry concealed (b) Possess on Premises and (c) Possess/Carry During Employment. There is a possibility that these categories might change as a result of the Bruen ruling.
- At this time, the cost to obtain different licenses varies by county (or in some cases, city), as does the time it takes to obtain a license. At this time, the average processing time for license applications is six (6) months.
- Prior to June 23, 2022, in order to be eligible to have a firearms license, an individual in New York State must have demonstrated that they are:
- A New York State resident;
- at least 21 years old;
- have no prior felony or serious offense convictions;
- be of “good moral character,”; and
- have a legally recognized reason for wanting to possess or carry a firearm.
- As of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen ruling, only the proper cause requirement to conceal carry is no longer applicable and ordinary citizens are deemed to have a self-defense basis for applying for a concealed carry permit.