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Out of state pistol permits: should New York recognize them?

New York State does not currently recognize gun permits for other states.

This means if someone is caught carrying a weapon from another state in New York they could be arrested, even with an out of state permit.

Despite New York not recognizing other state’s permits, there are 28 states that recognize New York’s according to Rochester First.


These include

  • Alabama: New York City permits not recognized
  • Arizona: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Arkansas: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • Alaska: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Georgia
  • Idaho: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • Indiana: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • Iowa: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Kansas: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Kentucky: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Maine: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Michigan: at least 21 years old and resident permits only
  • Mississippi: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • Missouri: permitless carry, at least 19 years old, 18 for military
  • Montana: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • New Hampshire: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio: at least 21 years old
  • Oklahoma: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • South Dakota: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • Tennessee: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Texas: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Utah: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Vermont: permitless carry, at least 18 years old
  • Virginia: at least 21 years old
  • West Virginia: permitless carry, at least 21 years old
  • Wisconsin: at least 21 years old
  • Wyoming: permitless carry, at least 21 years old

Many arrests have been made at the Albany International Airport for people with pistols that did not have a New York State permit. Weapons are allowed to be taken through the airport if they’re properly checked, unloaded, in a hard container, and declared during check-in.

Once a weapon is declared to TSA that will be flying into Albany, TSA will call Albany County Sheriff’s Office to verify if the person has a permit in the state. If the person doesn’t have a permit then they are arrested and charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon when they arrive.

This happens most often with people flying from Florida to New York according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Most of these people are licensed to carry in Florida, but not New York.

These rules change a bit if you’re just passing through the state carrying a gun without a state permit. You’re given a “reasonable amount of time” to carry, and staying overnight is when it becomes unreasonable.

Apple believes that New York recognizing other state’s permits is necessary and the more they become restricted the more people want them. He also believes it is up to gun owners to do their research while carrying so they know what to expect between states.

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