New York has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, earning an A- in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The state serves as a national model for developing and investing in community violence prevention and intervention programs. In 2017, New York had the third-lowest gun death rate in the country and the second-lowest crime gun export rate. To continue to improve its gun safety efforts, New York legislators could increase funding for community violence intervention programs and strengthen its laws regulating undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns).

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon and large capacity magazine ban

  • Handgun licensing

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Child access prevention law

  • State collection and maintenance of handgun and assault weapon sale records

  • Waiting period