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Please explain this NY state gun law to me...

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Hkmp5sd, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Winter Haven, FL
    Does this mean it is a felony in NY to haul 20+ firearms to the range in one trip?
  2. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Mentor

    Dec 25, 2002
    Decatur, AL
    I'm not a lawyer, but it looks to me as though the first section (i) says that possession of 20 or more guns is a crime, and the second section (ii) says that possession of a weapon by someone outside his home or business who has a prior conviction is a crime.

    I cannot be reading that correctly, since possession of a firearm by a felon is a federal crime.

    Maybe the law clerk was drunk the day he wrote that.
  3. Bill St. Clair

    Bill St. Clair Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Upstate New York
    New York's gun laws are confusing until you read the definition of "firearm":

    From http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?cl=82&a=68:
    So I think the law you asked about means that you can't have 20 or more handguns. Note that handguns are illegal to possess in New York state unless you have a permit and they are registered. NFA weapons are all completely illegal. "Assault weapons" are defined exactly as in the federal law that sunsets on September 13, except that the New York law does not sunset.

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