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New York has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and gun crimes are among the most severely penalized offenses that are prosecuted in New York City. Often, these convictions come with a lifetime of consequences. The District Attorney’s office in New York County is out to aggressively prosecute weapons offenses, and you must hire a Manhattan gun crime lawyer who has vast experience in these cases to protect your rights and safeguard your future.

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Greco Neyland, PC: Your Manhattan Gun Crime Lawyers

Greco Neyland, PC, represents clients charged with firearms or weapons crimes under state or federal law in all five boroughs of New York City, including Manhattan and the surrounding counties of New York.

Jeffery L. Greco, Dustan O. Neyland, and Eli Crozier are former New York County prosecutors and current Manhattan criminal defense lawyers, so they know what elements the prosecutor needs to prove their case. Our firm can use that knowledge to build a strong defense by thoroughly investigating the charges you’re accused of. Our team is also proficient in Spanish and ready to provide service today.

If you are being investigated or prosecuted for a weapons or firearms crime in Manhattan, let an experienced gun lawyer comprehensively review your case and explain your legal options. Whether you are being charged with illegal possession or use of a firearm during the commission of a crime, our firm has the knowledge and experience to handle a wide range of gun-related charges. We are dedicated to providing a strong defense strategy that is tailored to your case.

Understanding New York’s Gun Laws

New York has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. Knowing these laws and how they apply to gun charges is a must for anyone who lives or wants to carry in New York.

Illegal weapon possession is a serious crime in New York City, with very severe legal consequences. In New York, it is illegal to possess a firearm without a permit or license. This includes carrying or concealing a loaded firearm without a license or possessing a loaded firearm in public spaces.  It also includes the illegal possession of an assault weapon.

A person found guilty of illegal weapon possession is subject to a lengthy prison sentence, a hefty fine, and a criminal record that will follow them for the rest of their lives. The most important features of the law are as follows:

  • Authorization Criteria: All firearms must be licensed. Said licenses are difficult to obtain.
  • No Assault Weapons: Certain types of assault weapons are banned in New York.
  • Safe Act: The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act puts more limits on who can own and purchase guns.

Types of Gun Charges in New York

Gun charges in New York are vast. Some of the most frequently charged gun crimes include:

  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon: The type of gun, prior convictions, and circumstances of possession impact whether this charge is categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony.
  • Criminal Use of a Firearm: Using a gun in connection with a crime can lead to aggravated or additional charges.
  • Unlawful Sale and Distribution: Possession with intent to sell or selling without a license can lead to severe penalties.
  • Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds: Having a gun on school grounds is strictly prohibited.

Defense Strategies for Gun Charges

Our firm can build your defense by first exploring the facts and circumstances of your arrest and the investigation that led to your being charged. Our office can scrutinize the handling of the evidence to determine whether your rights were violated. Then, we can craft tailored defenses to challenge the prosecution’s case.

Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons in New York

There are several different firearms, weapons, and weapon offenses listed and defined in New York Penal Law § 265.00, which places limits on the possession of a variety of weapons. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Antique firearm
  • Assault weapon
  • Automatic knife
  • Firearm silencer
  • Gravity knife
  • Cane sword
  • Chuka stick (nunchakus)
  • Disguised gun
  • Armor-piercing ammunition
  • Kung fu star
  • Electronic stun gun
  • Firearm
  • Firearm silencer


Q: How Much Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Cost in NYC?

A: There’s no way to know precisely how much a criminal defense lawyer might charge upfront for your case without diving into the specifics of your situation. Usually, the higher the stakes, the higher the cost. Some lawyers may offer flat fees for specific types of cases, while others may charge an hourly rate for serious charges like gun crimes.

Q: How Many Years Is a Gun Charge in NYC?

A: The penalties that a person may face upon conviction vary based on the specific offense that they are charged with. Penalties for a gun charge in NYC can be significant. A charge of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree is a Class C felony, which carries a minimum sentence of a few years in prison and a maximum of over a decade, depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case. Most of the more serious charges carry longer potential sentences.

Q: Are Guns Legal in NYC Now?

A: Yes, while guns are permitted in NYC, they are tightly regulated. You must get a license to own a handgun. New York City is one of a few metropolitan areas in the U.S. that has a lower homicide rate than the national average. In New York, there are bans on certain weapons and many other restrictions in place. It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, and anyone caught doing so faces stiff penalties.

Q: What Disqualifies You From Owning a Gun in NY?

A: In New York, people who are ineligible to own guns include:

  • Convicted felons
  • Those with a history of domestic violence or who have been subject to an order of protection
  • People with a history of mental illness
  • Those who have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  • People who have been convicted of certain drug-related crimes or habitual use of controlled substances

Contact a Manhattan Gun Crime Lawyer Today

Facing a gun charge in Manhattan requires immediate and experienced legal assistance. Our firm is dedicated to defending your rights and achieving a fair outcome for your case. Contact us today for a confidential consultation. We can also serve you in Spanish and are committed to providing the robust defense you need to protect your future.

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