Concealed Carry in New York
Concealed Carry Permit Issue Class: May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
The “May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents” classification means that the issuing official may or may not issue a permit to an New York resident or non-New York resident even if they meet all of the legal requirements.
*While New York City takes applications for new permits, it approves a very small percentage for the average citizen. Most permits are given to high profile politicians, wealthy persons and security professionals.
Minimum Requirements for a New York Concealed Weapon Permit:
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must be at least 21 years of age or older.
- You must not be dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
- You must not be adjudged insane or mentally deranged.
- You must not under indictment nor have been convicted of a felony in the U.S. or elsewhere for which you could be imprisoned for more than one (1) year.
- You must not be a subject to a Personal Protection Order (PPO).
- You must not be convicted of misdemeanor or domestic violence.
- You must have a training in the safe use of a handgun.
- You must not be chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages.
- You must not be an unlawful user or addicted to any controlled substance.
- You must have completed a firearms safety training course as some county may require.
Miscellaneous New York Concealed Carry Permit Information:
- Instructions for new applications for a license to carry concealed weapon:
- Obtain application form from the licensing officer of the city or county where you reside or employed. You can approach a county clerk, county sheriff or a local police station.
- Get the State Application (PPB-3) for concealed weapon permit.
- The application form must be typewritten and signed, the original application will be accepted thus there is no need to submit a photocopy.
- Submit the form personally at the License Division.
- Accomplish fingerprinting. Some county may charge a separate fee for this.
- Submit the following items applicable to you:
- Pay the application fees. A separate certified check, bank check, money order or credit card of $340 and $94.25 must be made payable to New York City Police Department.
- Two (2) recent passport style color photographs of yourself.
- Birth Certificate or U.S. passport or baptismal certificate.
- Proof of Citizenship/Alien Registration Card. If you lived in the U.S. for less than 7 years, you must submit a good conduct certificate from your country of origin.
- Military Discharge. Submit your separation papers (DD 214) and your discharge.
- Proof of Residence. This can be a real estate tax bill, a New York driver’s license, a New York income tax return, a utility bill, etc.
- Proof of Business Ownership. Submit this document if your application is in connection with a business. This proof must clearly state the names of the owner(s) or if a corporation, the names of the corporate officers. This may consist of a utility bill of not more than 60 days old with the name of the business or a lease in the name of the business.
- Letter of Necessity. This can be found on page 3 of the application.
- The processing of the application may take up to six months.
- Note that some counties require a mental health background check.
- West Chester, Nassau and Suffolk county permits are valid for five (5) years. A New York City permit is good for three (3) years.
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Before you can even consider a concealed carry permit, you must still be able to legally possess or own a firearm under U.S. federal law.
United States Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44, Section 922: “Firearms, Unlawful Acts” is a summary of conditions that disqualify a person from firearm possession or ownership.
The person cannot be:
- under indictment for or have been convicted of a felony. (see note 1)
- a fugitive from justice
- an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance
- adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution
- an alien who is illegally or unlawfully in the United States (see note 2)
- discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
- someone who has renounced his or her U.S. citizenship;
- subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of the person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child
- convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,
- Note 1: Felony conviction does not include any conviction which has been expunged or set aside, or for which a person has been pardoned, or has had civil rights restored, unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly provides that the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.
- Felonies don’t include non-violent business related crimes.
- Civil rights are generally restored after the sentence is completed for felonies that are not crimes against persons.
- Note 2: Legal immigrant aliens (“green card” or approved and pending green card) are not prohibited.