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Hi all,

I am going to college in upstate NY (not NYC) and I will be living off campus next semester.

Since I won't be on campus and living on my own with no campus security nearby, I am looking into purchasing a shotgun or rifle. How can I buy in NY state if I am a Ohio resident? Is that even possible? Would I have to go to Ohio and buy a gun and transport it to NY? Thanks


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No problem buying a long gun in NY. Form 4473 and the inevitable instant check and you should be good to go. Depending on local ordanences of course.
 

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from the ATF website FAQs


Q: From whom may an unlicensed person acquire a firearm under the GCA?

A person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own State, except that he or she may purchase or otherwise acquire a rifle or shotgun, in person, at a licensee’s premises in any State, provided the sale complies with State laws applicable in the State of sale and the State where the purchaser resides. A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes.

[18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) and (5), 922(b)(3), 27 CFR 478.29 and 478.30]


Remember shops can have a resident only policy even though it isn't the law.
 

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Thanks everyone!

ccman, was the Gander Mountain you went to in Rochester NY? IS there a waiting period for a background check and everything? Is there a specific piece of law I can quote the store owner if they aren't sure if my Ohio License and passport will suffice?

Thanks!!!
 

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Wait a minute... most shops operate under the home or adjacent state only rule. I think you might find some resistance buying in NY. As a student, I'm pretty sure you could get a NY I.D., and not have an issue; but dont you have to get a purchase permit too?

If it were me, I'd just buy in Ohio and not worry about the hassle.
 

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Coolfez.
ccman, was the Gander Mountain you went to in Rochester NY? IS there a waiting period for a background check and everything? Is there a specific piece of law I can quote the store owner if they aren't sure if my Ohio License and passport will suffice?

Coolfez. The one I went to was in Middletown NY. I asked two different Guys behind the counter to be sure. They both said all we need is a drivers license and fill out the paperwork. They made a phone call to NICS and I was cleared and paid and was on my way. 10 minutes.
I let them know I had a CT permit, they said we don't need it.

CT is next door to NYS.

SIXTO has good advice buy at home, that way you could probley have a place to try it out and then take it with you. As far as I know you don't need a permit for a long gun in NYS. Check the Law.
 

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No permit is required for the purchase of a rifle or shotgun (except in New York City).
Possession:

Rifles and Shotguns: There is no state licensing requirement for the possession of a rifle or shotgun, although any person convicted of a felony or other serious offense and any person who "has been certified not suitable to possess a rifle or shotgun" (mentally incompetent) is prohibited from possession. A person who has been convicted of a felony or other serious offense may obtain a certificate of good conduct which will then permit him to possess rifles and shotguns. Generally, it is unlawful for anyone under the age of 16 to possess any firearm; however, a rifle or shotgun may be possessed by a person between the ages of 12 and 16 who is engaged in supervised target shooting on a range. A minor at least 14 years of age may hunt with any rifle or shotgun, provided he has a valid hunting license and is accompanied by his parent, guardian or other parentally-designated adult who also holds a valid hunting license.

Firearm Laws for New York

thanks all for the reply. Originally, I didn't want to buy one in Ohio since the only time I would be there would be at my dad's and he doesn't like the idea of me having a gun. I have told hm repeatedly, it doesn't matter if you're in a "good" neighborhood or not.
I guess I can always go to town close to the border of ohio so it won't be as long as a drive.
 

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You should have no trouble purchasing a long gun in NY, providing your background checks are fine. There is no waiting period, and you should be good to go after the "Form 4473" phone call.

Pistol permits, on the other hand can take months, and you need to be a resident of NYS.

You can check NY Gun laws here : Firearm Laws for New York, and also an NRA pamphlet here: http://www.nraila.org/statelawpdfs/NYSL.pdf

Good Luck!
 
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