Gun Safety in New York State

Educating New Yorkers about the State's gun laws.
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Gun Safety in New York State

Educating New Yorkers about the State's gun laws.
Keeping New Yorkers Safe
Ensuring Responsible Gun Ownership

Governor Kathy Hochul's top priority is keeping New Yorkers safe.  In June 2022, following a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo and in July 2022, in response to the Supreme Court decision in NYSPRA v. Bruen, the Governor worked with the legislature to strengthen New York's nation-leading gun laws.  These laws are designed to increase public safety and promote responsible, legal gun ownership.

New Concealed Carry Law

In response to the Supreme Court decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, Governor Hochul signed legislation to strengthen New York's gun laws and bolster restrictions on concealed carry weapons.
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Key Information

Registration & Recertification
Find helpful information and assistance with processes pertaining to the registration of pistols, semi-automatic rifles, and ammunition.
Pursuing Court Intervention to Save Lives
Red Flag Law
The Red Flag Law, also known as the extreme risk protection order (ERPO) law, prevents individuals who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing any kind of firearm. Governor Hochul strengthened the law in 2022 by requiring State Police to file an ERPO when they have probable cause, and by expanding who may file an ERPO.
Protecting Public Safety
Strong Actions To Make Communities Safer
Closing Critical Gun Law Loopholes

Governor Hochul signed a 10-bill package in June 2022 that closed critical gun law loopholes exposed in the tragic shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, TX.

Preventing Gun Violence

Governor Hochul's FY 2023 Budget includes $227 million for bold initiatives to strengthen the gun violence prevention efforts of law enforcement and community-based organizations.

Combating Hate

Governor Hochul created a new domestic terrorism unit to track and respond to extremist violent threats and increased resources for targets of hate crimes.

Gun Law Questions?
New Yorkers can call 1-855-LAW-GUNS with questions on New York's gun laws. The hotline is staffed by State Police during normal business hours Monday through Friday.