New York Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for New York Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact New York gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to New York can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

New York State Constitution

The New York Constitution has no specific clause regarding the right to bear arms, but Article XII, Section 1 discusses both "organized" and "unorganized" militia:

"The defense and protection of the state and of the United States is an obligation of all persons within the state. The legislature shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance and regulation of an organized militia."

Furthermore, Article 2, Section 4 of the New York Civil Rights Law is very similar to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed."

New York Gun Laws

New York Gun Laws Overview (Source: NRA-ILA)
New York Concealed Carry (CCW) Overview (Source:
New York Firearms License Overview (Source: New York State Government)
New York Firearms FAQs (Source: New York State Police)

New York Hunting Rules & Regulations

Hunting in New York (Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
New York Hunting Regulations (Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
New York Hunting Licenses (Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
New York Obtain a License / Permit Online (Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
New York Hunter Education Program (Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation)

New York Shooting Ranges

New York Public Hunting and Shooting Lands (Source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source:
All Shooting Ranges (Source:

New York Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source:
IDPA Matches (Source:
USPSA Clubs (Source:
USPSA Matches (Source:
USA Shooting Clubs (Source:
USA Shooting Matches (Source:
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source:

New York NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

New York State Firearm & Hunting Associations

New York Gun Shows and FFLs

New York Gun & Knife Shows (Source:
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New York FFL Holders (Source:
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source:
New York Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source:

New York's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

New York Elected Public Officials

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Statewide Officials (Source:
NRA's Ranking of New York Public Officials (Source:

New York Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Gun and Ammo Laws by State

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