Legal Information: New York

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
April 21, 2017

If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he legally keep or buy a gun?

NY state law says that a person can NEVER have a "rifle or shotgun" if s/he has been convicted of a felony or serious offense.*   Also, a person cannot have any "firearm" outside of his/her home or place of business if s/he has been convicted of a felony or a class A misdemeanor within the past five years.**

* NY Penal Law § 265.01(4)
** NY Penal Law § 265.02(5)(ii)