NY Firearm laws for ARs (“Assault Weapons”)

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NYS Gun Laws pertaining to AR/ Semi-Automatic Rifles

NYS Penal Law §265.00, 22(a); 

“Assault weapon” means:

(a) a semiautomatic rifle that has an ability to accept a detachable magazine and has at least 1 of the following characteristics:
   (i) a folding or telescoping stock;
   (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon;
   (iii) a thumbhole stock;
   (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand;
   (v) a bayonet mount;
   (vi) a flash suppressor, muzzle break, muzzle compensator, or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor, muzzle break, or muzzle compensator;
(vii) a grenade launcher;

Translation: Do not build or possess an AR with items (i)-(vii).

Registration of Assault Weapons, pertaining to Rifles

§265.00, 22

(f) a semiautomatic rifle, a semiautomatic shotgun or a semiautomatic pistol or weapon defined in paragraph (a) , (b) or (c) of this subdivision, possessed prior to the date of enactment of the chapter of the laws of 2013 which added this paragraph.

NYS § 400.00 Licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms.

16-a. Registration. (a) An owner of a weapon defined in paragraph (e) or (f) of subdivision 22 of section 265.00 of this chapter, possessed before the date of the effective date of the chapter of the laws of 2013 which added this paragraph, must make an application to register such weapon with the superintendent of state police, in the manner provided by the superintendent, or by amending a license issued pursuant to this section within one year of the effective date of this subdivision except any weapon defined under subparagraph (vi) of paragraph (g) of subdivision 22 of section 265.00 of this chapter transferred into the state may be registered at any time, provided such weapons are registered within thirty days of their transfer into the state. 

*Disclaimer: None of this post is to be considered the advice of a lawyer. Please consult a legal attorney before any actions.

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