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New York is one of the toughest states to obtain a conceal carry permit.
It must be known, there are separate laws for New York City compared to New York state.
New York state operates on a “May Issue” policy at the county level which means the sheriff of the county makes the final decision for issuing a permit. New York city is the most restrictive to obtain a handgun, followed by other cities of higher population in New York.
|Open Carry Permitted?||No|
|Carry In Vehicle?||No|
|Carry In State Park?||No|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes!|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Unknown|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
New York does not have any reciprocal relationships with other states CCW.
There are no laws in New York statutes that mention open carry. Technically you could say it is legal by default. You may get away with it in some rural counties but if you try to open carry in town you will get a whole lot of problems. You could also raise the argument that a license is issued to conceal carry, hence the weapon must be concealed. To carry any firearm in New York you need a New York license.
It is illegal to possess a loaded firearm in any motor vehicle without a valid New York License to Carry. However, federal law does permit a person to transport a firearm through New York state. We suggest you read the Transporting Firearms section on this page for more details and would not recommend you to rely on the Federal law in this state. If you have a New York pistol license then you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle.
It is illegal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: NO – Section 190 Dept. Lands State/National Forests: NO – Section 190 Dept. lands State Wildlife Management Areas: NO – Section 190 Dept. lands Road Side Rest Areas: NO – 17 CRR-NY IV C 156.12
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
UNKNOWN – We have not been able to find any statutes on gun signs in New York.
There is no legal requirement to inform law enforcement you are carrying a handgun. However, the law does state you must carry your pistol license at all times when you have a handgun on your person and you must display the license to an officer if he requests to see your license. N.Y. Pen. Law § 400.00