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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Gun Dealers in New York.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2 August
Dealer Regulations in New York
Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.
New York law requires those who engage "in the business of purchasing, selling, keeping for sale, loaning, leasing, or in any manner disposing of, any assault weapon, large capacity ammunition feeding device, pistol or revolver" to obtain a state license in order to conduct business. Applications must be submitted in the city or county where the business is located. Applicants go through the same background check process as those seeking to carry or possess handguns…
New York does not require sellers of long guns only (rifles and shotguns) to obtain a state license.
A firearms dealer license must describe the premises for which it is issued, be valid in that location and be displayed prominently on the premises. A licensed dealer may conduct business temporarily at a gun show or event sponsored by any organization devoted to the collection, competitive use or other sporting use of firearms, however. A firearms dealer license is valid for up to three years from the date of issuance…
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