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JazzDoc 01-28-2011 03:01 PM

Moving from PA to NY - Need Advice Regarding Gun Laws
Hope I'm posting this in the correct Forum discussion area.

My wife and I live in Pennsylvania. Between us we own eight handguns (revolvers and pistols).

We have licenses to carry here in PA. We are thinking of moving to New York State (Buffalo) and are very interested in finding out what the procedure is so that we can have our guns registered and ourselves licensed to carry in NYS so that we can continue to enjoy our guns.

Can anybody clue me in as to what I need to know, and is it even do-able?

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this.

- Mark

NGIB 01-28-2011 03:38 PM

I know one of the mods here, bkt, lives in NY and I expect he'll be able to help you out. I really don't think this is going to be an easy move gun wise...

pabstman 01-28-2011 03:39 PM

Check out you should be able to find everything that you need there. It is my understanding that it is a very lengthy ordeal to get a carry permit in NY. If it were me I would stay in Pa.

JazzDoc 01-28-2011 03:59 PM

Thanks, people. I appreciate all the help! Great leads & links!

TimL2952 01-28-2011 04:35 PM

Im 98% positive that it is unlawful to transport a handgun into NY without a NY state pistol permit. And the rest depends where in the state you are going...if you are moving to NYC...then you might as well sell em all or bury em in the ground and hope for the city to change its laws. :P

TimL2952 01-28-2011 04:36 PM

alsoooo NY does not permit the use of magazines with capacity of more than 10 rounds unless the magazine is pre-ban...this includes: handguns, rifle carbines, hunting and "tactical" sporting rifles and even shotguns.

TimL2952 01-28-2011 04:38 PM

and 1 more.

there are 5 items that classify a firearm in NY as an "assault" weapon. At any given time you may not have more than TWO of these items on your firearm.

1. Bayonet Lug
2. Pistol Grip
3. Adjustable/Collapsable Stocks
4. Threaded muzzle for the quick addition/removal of a flash hider or suppressor
5. The ability to accept a magazine of 30 or more rounds.

TimL2952 01-28-2011 04:45 PM

oh...and an early welcome to buffalo!!! shootings nearly above average poverty of the worst football teams in the league (u better not be a philly or steelers fan -.-) and some of the nicest and worst people you will ever meet...oh...and in the summer...make sure to go to the Buffalo Wing Fest....yea thats right...we also have the highest heart disease rate of any other city in America lol

That being said I live in Lockport wich is in northern Niagara county...its a good 45 minute to an hour drive away. there are plenty of ranges in the area...some you may have to drive a bit to reach.

dog2000tj 01-28-2011 06:01 PM

If you can avoid moving to NY I would suggest that. If I recall correctly I believe the permitting of handguns is the function of the local Sheriff's Office in NY, thus almost guaranteeing that each department will handle it differently. I lived in Rockland, real close to NYC, for a very long time and getting a pistol permit was beyond ridiculous. But the process and regulations may be different further up in NY state.

I would say a call to the State Police and Sheriff's office in the area you are contemplating moving to would be a good place to start. Follow that with a call to the DA's office as well.

Good luck :)

TimL2952 01-28-2011 08:39 PM

getting a permit near buffalo is fairly simple...standard procedure...just a longer waiting period...also there was an incident where my father got his handguns taken away for a prior that was on his record as a misdemeanor (possession of stolen property- bought a car didnt know it was stolen...dropped charges) but since then the law has become a felony...update the record makes my dad a felon them back in a month with help of lawyers

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