NYPD Announces the Adoption of an Emergency Rule, Effective Immediately, Establishing Additional Rules for Receiving a Concealed Carry Handgun License

August 24, 2022

August 24, 2022 – Emergency rule providing additional guidance to gun license applicants

Please see the attached emergency rule that amends the gun licensing application standards in light of the Supreme Court decision in N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022) and recent statewide legislation governing gun licensing.

This rule provides further guidance for people who have applied, or who are applying, for a concealed carry handgun license pursuant to current New York State Penal Law. Specifically, these additional rules include: elimination of the “proper cause” standard; authorization of electronic filing of documents relating to handgun licensure; adding certain documents required to apply for and receive a handgun license, including four character references and a list of current and former social media accounts from the last three years; a required in-person interview prior to receiving a handgun license; required certification of completion of the live firearms safety course pursuant to section 400.00(19) of the Penal Law; repealing the pre-license exemption application for applicants who use a gun for instructional purposes; adding a notice requirement for rifle/shotgun permit holders and handgun licensees and requiring such permit holders and licensees to affirm receipt of such notice; and a provisional definition of the Times Square sensitive location zone.

Notice of Adoption of Emergency Rule Establishing Additional Rules for Receiving a Concealed Carry Handgun License - Click here