New York

September 19, 2015

New York Concealed Carry Law

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New York

While New York does issue carry permit/licenses to residents and non-residents, there is a patchwork of laws regarding carrying and licensing, especially in and around New York City. Coupled with a long, drawn out application process, the State of New York does not make it easy to acquire a license or follow the law. The State of New York issues a variety of permits/licenses, many of which are very restrictive of when and where you can carry. New York does NOT recognized the Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License as a legal way to conealed carry in their state.

However, by getting the State of Virginia’s Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you can  INCREASE the number of states you CAN carry in.


Can I Apply For A New York Carry Permit/License As A Non-Resident Of New York?

Yes, non-residents can apply in the same manner as residents.


Does This Course Qualify Me To Obtain A Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License?

Yes. You will NOT be applying for your permit in the state you reside.  This is for you to obtain a Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License which is accepted in many states as a valid concealed carry permit, but NOT in New York.  This is good for recoprocity to other states only for New York residents and non-residents.


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How Long Is The Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License Good For?

Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License are valid for 5 years.  We suggest you apply at least 90 days before the expiration of your permit to be sure you have plenty of time to submit it to the Virginia State Police to be renewed to allow enough time for you to get your new permit before the old one expires.


How to apply for your Virginia Non-Resident Permit:
To apply for your VA non-resident Permit visit:

You can also go to and on the left side of the page click the link for “firearms/concealed handguns” and then click on “Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits” link.

This will bring you to a page that details the application process. You can begin the application process immediately by downloading their checklist of all the documents that need to be prepared to make your application.

This webpage will give you everything you need to apply.


To obtain your Virginia Non Resident Carry Permit/License, you will need to submit an additional $100 made payable to the Virginia Police.

This class/training is only valid for one year before you apply for your permit.  If you do not apply within one year, your training will not be valid and you will have to retake training per state law.

Gun Community Resources

How Do I Apply For My New York Concealed Carry Permit/License?

Residents need to find the Licensing Officer in your city or county. These are mostly Judges, but New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties have either a Police Commissioner or Sheriff as a Licensing Officer. Acquiring a carry permit/license in New York can be a very drawn out process, so contact your local Licensing Officer for specific application instructions.

New York State Rifle & Piston Association

Since 1871, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association “has been dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety, education and training, and the shooting sports.”

Shooters Committee on Political Education

The Shooters Committee on Political Education works to educate politicians and the people on Second Amendment rights, legislation, and news in the State of New York.