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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn New York, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 19.0%1
2002: 18.1%2
2001: 18.0%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In New York, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 20.19%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn New York, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 33.0%5 6
1991/2000: 38.0%
1981/1990: 37.3%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn New York, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 8757
2013: 863
2012: 977
2011: 997
2010: 1,011
2009: 958
2008: 963
2007: 985
2006: 1,002
2005: 1,019
2004: 951
2003: 1,034
2002: 994
2001: 1,068
2000: 1,093
1999: 1,016

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 4.437
2013: 4.38
2012: 4.98
2011: 5.11
2010: 5.22
2009: 4.96
2008: 5.01
2007: 5.15
2006: 5.24
2005: 5.33
2004: 4.96
2003: 5.39
2002: 5.19
2001: 5.60
2000: 5.76
1999: 5.38

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn New York, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 6867
2012: 730
2011: 830
2010: 898
2009: 840
2008: 882
2007: 840
2006: 962
2005: 901
2004: 860
2003: 963
2002: 929
2001: 2,818
2000: 991
1999: 969

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.497
2012: 3.73
2011: 4.26
2010: 4.63
2009: 4.35
2008: 4.59
2007: 4.39
2006: 5.04
2005: 4.71
2004: 4.49
2003: 5.02
2002: 4.85
2001: 14.77
2000: 5.22
1999: 5.13

Gun Homicides

ChartIn New York, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 3807
2012: 436
2011: 466
2010: 527
2009: 505
2008: 508
2007: 522
2006: 570
2005: 515
2004: 516
2003: 589
2002: 550
2001: 583
2000: 602
1999: 540

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.937
2012: 2.23
2011: 2.39
2010: 2.72
2009: 2.62
2008: 2.64
2007: 2.98
2006: 2.98
2005: 2.69
2004: 2.69
2003: 3.07
2002: 2.87
2001: 3.06
2000: 3.17
1999: 2.86

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn New York, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2909 10
2012: 358
2011: 394
2010: 135
2009: 117
2008: 107
2007: 113
2006: 308
2005: 428
2004: 419
2003: 490
2002: 463
2001: 489
2000: 522
1999: 449
1998: 473
1997: 346
1996: 125
1995: 916

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.4712
2012: 1.83
2011: 2.02
2010: 0.70
2009: 0.61
2008: 0.56
2007: 0.59
2006: 1.61
2005: 2.24
2004: 2.19
2003: 2.56
2002: 2.42
2001: 2.56
2000: 2.75
1999: 2.38
1998: 2.52
1997: 1.85
1996: 0.67
1995: 4.94

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn New York, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New York, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn New York, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 239 10
2012: 17
2011: 21
2010: 18
2009: 21
2008: 22
2007: 21
2006: 22
2005: 20
2004: 35
2003: 23
2002: 36
2001: 37
2000: 38
1999: 36
1998: 43
1997: 54
1996: 31
1995: 69

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1212
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.11
2008: 0.11
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.12
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.19
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.20
1999: 0.19
1998: 0.23
1997: 0.29
1996: 0.17
1995: 0.37

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn New York, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 2713 10
2012: 15
2011: 20
2010: 19
2009: 24
2008: 32
2007: 20
2006: 20
2005: 16
2004: 22
2003: 19
2002: 21
2001: 27
2000: 27
1999: 21

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New York, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1413 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.17
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.14
2000: 0.14
1999: 0.11

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn New York, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 499 10
2012: 32
2011: 30
2010: 364
2009: 343
2008: 336
2007: 366
2006: 70
2005: 52
2004: 46
2003: 32
2002: 7
2001: 6
2000: 3
1999: 2
1998: 5
1997: 8
1996: 12
1995: 27

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2512
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.15
2010: 1.88
2009: 1.78
2008: 1.75
2007: 1.91
2006: 0.37
2005: 0.27
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.17
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.02
1999: 0.01
1998: 0.03
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.06
1995: 0.15

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn New York, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 34413 10
2012: 418
2011: 440
2010: 501
2009: 476
2008: 471
2007: 500
2006: 545
2005: 492
2004: 490
2003: 567
2002: 527
2001: 553
2000: 572
1999: 516

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New York, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.7513 10
2012: 2.14
2011: 2.26
2010: 2.59
2009: 2.47
2008: 2.45
2007: 2.61
2006: 2.85
2005: 2.57
2004: 2.56
2003: 2.96
2002: 2.75
2001: 2.90
2000: 3.01
1999: 2.73

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn New York, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1,6877
2012: 1,708
2011: 1,658
2010: 1,547
2009: 1,417
2008: 1,409
2007: 1,396
2006: 1,326
2005: 1,189
2004: 1,187
2003: 1,169
2002: 1,228
2001: 1,253
2000: 1,132
1999: 1,196

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.587
2012: 8.72
2011: 8.50
2010: 7.98
2009: 7.34
2008: 7.33
2007: 7.30
2006: 6.94
2005: 6.21
2004: 6.19
2003: 6.10
2002: 6.42
2001: 6.57
2000: 5.97
1999: 6.33

Gun Suicides

ChartIn New York, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 4657
2012: 516
2011: 505
2010: 459
2009: 422
2008: 429
2007: 441
2006: 412
2005: 456
2004: 401
2003: 412
2002: 411
2001: 453
2000: 450
1999: 439

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.377
2012: 2.64
2011: 2.59
2010: 2.37
2009: 2.19
2008: 2.23
2007: 2.30
2006: 2.16
2005: 2.38
2004: 2.09
2003: 2.15
2002: 2.15
2001: 2.37
2000: 2.37
1999: 2.32

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn New York, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 2913
2012: 21
2011: 20
2010: 11
2009: 15
2008: 12
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 20
2005: 18
2004: 10
2003: 11
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 10
2000: 10
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1513
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn New York, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 11513
2012: 147
2011: 146
2010: 130
2009: 125
2008: 106
2007: 117
2006: 101
2005: 116
2004: 112
2003: 97
2002: 103
2001: 101
2000: 108
1999: 113

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.5913
2012: 0.75
2011: 0.75
2010: 0.67
2009: 0.65
2008: 0.55
2007: 0.61
2006: 0.53
2005: 0.61
2004: 0.58
2003: 0.51
2002: 0.54
2001: 0.53
2000: 0.57
1999: 0.60

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn New York, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 32113
2012: 348
2011: 339
2010: 318
2009: 282
2008: 311
2007: 317
2006: 291
2005: 322
2004: 279
2003: 304
2002: 305
2001: 342
2000: 332
1999: 319

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.6313
2012: 1.78
2011: 1.74
2010: 1.64
2009: 1.46
2008: 1.62
2007: 1.66
2006: 1.52
2005: 1.68
2004: 1.46
2003: 1.59
2002: 1.59
2001: 1.79
2000: 1.75
1999: 1.69

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn New York, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 13
2009: 12
2008: 11
2007: 8
2006: 12
2005: 33
2004: 22
2003: 22
2002: 16
2001: 21
2000: 23
1999: 23

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.17
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.08
2001: 0.11
2000: 0.12
1999: 0.12

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn New York, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn New York, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn New York, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 10
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 11
2005: 31
2004: 16
2003: 18
2002: 13
2001: 13
2000: 19
1999: 17

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New York, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 4
2006: 2
2005: 6
2004: 4
2003: 2
2002: 4
2001: 2
2000: 6
1999: 6

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.01
2002: 0.02
2001: 0.01
2000: 0.03
1999: 0.03

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New York, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New York, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New York, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New York, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn New York, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 018
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 019
2007: 0
2006: 16
2005: 13
2004: 21
2003: 27
2002: 18
2001: 1720
2000: 26
1999: 18
1998: 27
1997: 31
1996: 36
1995: 43

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from New York at a rate of 2.621 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, New York ranked at No. 4921 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in New York is categorised as restrictive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in New York includes the New York Penal Law and the Constitution of New York 193823

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in New York are regulated by the local and state governments (as long as local regulations do not conflict with State law)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In New York, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In New York, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns,30 assault weapons31 and large capacity ammunition magazines32 with few exceptions, but civilians are allowed to possess .50 calibre rifles33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In New York, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In New York, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In New York, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In New York, only licensed gun owners36 35 37 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in New York is 16 years, or 21 years for handguns38 25 26

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in New York must pass a background check which considers criminal, addiction, mental health and domestic violence36 35 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in New York stipulates39 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In New York, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required only in the county of Westchester36 35 25 26

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In New York, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years in New York City and five years in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, for handguns35 25 26

Licensing Records

In New York, authorities maintain a record (for handgun permits)35 25 26 of individual civilians permitted to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Non-prohibited persons in New York are permitted to possess only the number of handguns specified on their licence35 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In New York, the law requires for assault weapons and handguns only40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In New York, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In New York, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted by a licensed firearm dealer37 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In New York, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful only for handguns, assault weapons and large capacity ammunition42 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in New York is obliged37 41 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in New York is obliged41 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In New York, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to five every year (handguns, short-barreled shotguns or rifles)43 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in New York is reported to be

2015: 4,08144
2014: 4,18045
2013: 4,13046
2012: 3,92847
2011: 3,77448

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In New York, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined49 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In New York, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated50 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in New York include51 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in New York do not include52 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in New York include53 51 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In New York, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law54 55 56 57 25 26

Firearm Tracing

In New York, state authorities carry out58 25 26 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In New York, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are58 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In New York, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit (for loaded handguns) and without a permit (for long guns), but prohibited (for a loaded short-barreled shotgun or rifle or an assault weapon)59 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In New York, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit60 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In New York, local licensing authorities "may issue", with room for discretion,60 61 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In New York, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (no statutes currently exist)60 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In New York, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt60 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In New York, private guns are prohibited in state parks, child care facilities, state-operated mental health facilities, New York City (with limited exceptions)62, vehicles53 universities and schools63 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked New York as ‘A-’64

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in New York on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 6265
2010: 6266
2009: 5067
2008: 5168
2007: 5169

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked New York at No. 870 among 50 US States


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