Is My Weapon Illegal in NYC?

Many people own weapons for innocent purposes. Some carry them for self-defense.
 
But in New York City it’s easy to get in trouble if you are carrying the wrong kinds of weapons, or carrying them in the wrong way. Weapons charges come with mandatory minimum sentences.
 
 
Don’t assume a weapons is fine if it’s not a knife or a gun. Martial arts enthusiasts take note. You can also be convicted of weapons charges for carrying any of the following:
  • Stun guns
  • Swords or sword canes
  • Blackjacks or tonfas
  • Bludgeons or maces
  • Shurikan
  • Brass or plastic knuckles
This is not an exhaustive list. You can be brought up on weapons charges for possessing any item with the intent to use it to harm another person. Weapons you personally built and improvised to mimic any other weapon also count.
 
There’s one bit of good news for martial artists: in 2018 New York Courts struck down the ban on nunchucks. Crossbows are legal, with strict limits, as are bows and arrows as long as you don’t fire them in dangerous places or carry them with the intent to harm humans.
 

Carrying Knives

 
“Well, knives are fine as long as they’re not switchblades, right?”
 
Wrong. Knives can get you into trouble if they have a blade longer than 4 inches. Gravity knives are also banned.
 
What you do with the knife does matter. If you have the knife in public, hold it in open view, or wear it in open view you can be brought up on charges.
If you are only doing these things with your knife, it’s merely a “violation,” which can carry up to a $300 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
 

Guns & Explosives

 
Guns and explosives offer the most serious charges. You are violating the law if your gun is unlicensed and unregistered. If the police find an unlicensed, unregistered gun the charges will be all the more serious if they’re loaded.
 
The charges you face will also depend on how many guns you have, what types of gun (machine guns or disguised guns are also treated more harshly). Possessing any sort of explosive with intent to set it off is a felony offense.

 

Charges

 
A 4th degree weapons charge is a misdemeanor. Weapons charges in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degrees are all felonies. In many cases, they’ll be treated as violent felonies.
 
If you are guilty of a 4th degree weapons charge but have a prior conviction in any state, New York automatically charges you with 3rd degree weapons possession as well.
 
If you’re facing weapon charges in New York City you need an excellent defense lawyer on your side. In some cases we can get the charges thrown out, if they were based on an illegal search and seizure. Sometimes we can get the charges reduced.
 
And in cases where weapons charges have been tacked on in addition to other crimes, we may be able to suppress the weapon so it doesn’t enter into evidence.
 
Contact Greco Neyland today to get the vigorous defense you need to protect your record and your freedom.
 
 
 
 

FREE CONSULTATION

Submit this form to have your case reviewed by our attorney.

All fields are required.

Our Practice Areas

Our Offices

bulleticon2

Midtown (Main Office)

Greco Neyland, PC
535 5th Ave #2500
New York NY 10017
(212) 951-1300

bulleticon2

White Plains

75 S Broadway 4th floor
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 898-8800

Meet Our Attorneys

jeff-greco

Jeffery Greco

Experience as a former prosecutor gives Jeffery Greco and edge in building the strongest possible defense strategy for the accused in Ney York City

dustan-neyland

Dustan Neyland

A through investigation is key to finding every reasonable doubt and geting charges reduced or dismissed for NYC defense attorney Dustan Neyland.

Recent Blog Posts

FOLLOW US

Call Now! Free Consultation