Although there is no specific waiting period prior to purchase of a firearm in New York, all handgun purchasers must obtain a license to possess or carry a handgun, and such licenses may take up to six months to process (or longer, upon written notice to the applicant).1

See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. N.Y. Penal Law § 400.00(4-a). ⤴︎