If you have been hearing about all of the changes that have been made to the New York State Gun laws over the last few years, the changes will only continue. For instance if you are currently in possession of a carry permit in New York State, you will have to recertify the permit every three years or if it lapses you will need to go through the whole process again.

If you already have your permit, great. Who cannot legally get a gun or a firearm in New York State? Does the list surprise you or do you think that the people on the list shouldn't be allowed to have a firearm?

Who cannot legally own a gun or firearm in New York State?

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Here is a list of a few of the people who are not legally allowed to own a gun in New York State, keep scrolling for the rest of the list. You cannot own a gun in New York if you have been or are:

  • Convicted of a felony crime
  • If you are a fugitive
  • If you are a user or addict of a controlled substance
  • If you have ever been found to be "mentally defective" or been at some point confined to a mental hospital or institution
  • If you are not legally in the United States, or if you are in possession of a non-immigrant visa.
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Wait, there are more people who can't own a gun in New York State? Who?

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Yes, the above list was lengthy but there are more people who cannot legally own a gun or firearm in New York State, those people are;

  • Ones that have been dishonorably discharged from the military
  • Ones who have renounced their United States Citizenship, after already being ones,
  • Persons who are under restraining orders because of harassment, stalking or threatening another person or child
  • If you have been convicted of a domestic violence charge or under indictment for any felony offenses/crimes.

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