Can You Put A Gun In Your Car In NYC?

Failing to follow gun laws in New York City, or the state of New York, can have severe consequences.

You must have a license for firearms in New York. There are several different firearms licenses in New York. A general license lets you carry it with you; some of them only allow you to use the gun in certain times and at certain places.

The licenses are:

  • Premise Dwelling – You can have a gun in your dwelling that you own.
  • Premise Business – You can have a gun in the business that you own.
  • Bank or Express Messenger – You can have or carry concealed while employed as a messenger of a banking institution or express company.
  • Justices of the Supreme Court of the 1st or 2nd Judicial Department or judges of the NYC Civil or Criminal Court may carry concealed.
  • Corrections Employees – May carry concealed while working their job.
  • Proper Cause – May carry concealed without regards to employment or place of possession, by any person when proper cause exists for the issuance thereof.
  • Antique Pistols – May have, possess, carry, and collect antique pistols.

You may get a pistol, a rifle, or a shotgun. Automatic weapons or weapons which can take more than ten rounds of ammunition are illegal in New York.

In NYC, the permit is issued by the NYPD License Division. You can apply online.

If you don’t have a general license and are simply taking the gun from the place where you bought it to the place or places where you are permitted to use it, then you may carry it for transport purposes only by placing it unloaded in a lockbox as far from the driver’s seat as possible. The trunk is usually safe. The glove compartment does not count.

You would also be wise to hold on to your receipt. If stopped and searched you can produce the receipt to show that you are merely transporting the gun.

All this assumes you have a New York State pistol permit. If you have an out-of-state permit you may transport the gun through the city but you must pass through the city only.

If you stop at a gas station, a hotel, or a restaurant and police catch you then you could be arrested.

This also assumes you have a car. If you are using public transportation, you need to have a proper cause permit before you could transport them loaded. If you don’t have such a permit and use public transportation, then you will need to place the gun in one lockbox, and the ammunition in a second lockbox. You will still need the appropriate permit for the gun.

Finally, keep in mind that there are places that you may not carry a gun, no matter what. This includes courthouses, certain governmental buildings, and all New York schools and colleges.

If you’re facing weapons charges, then you will need help. Contact our law office to schedule a consultation today.

See also:

Can You Stand Your Ground In New York City? 

Ghost Guns: Now Illegal in New York

Is My Weapon Illegal in NYC? 

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Jeffery Greco

Jeffery Greco is an attorney providing legal services covering Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense: White Collar and Criminal Defense: DUI / DWI. Jeffery Greco, who practices law in New York, New York, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2020 - 2023. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. Prior to becoming an attorney, he studied at South Texas College of Law Houston. He graduated in 2004. After passing the bar exam, he was admitted to legal practice in 2005.

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