Carrying a Concealed Weapon

New York’s weapons laws are among the most restrictive in the nation. Although repeatedly challenged, the state’s courts have typically upheld these laws because the Constitution of New York does not explicitly state that residents have the right to keep and bear arms. Carrying a concealed weapon (in most cases a firearm) without a permit is a serious offense in the state. The restrictive laws also apply to deadly weapons, such as some types of knives, explosives, and stun guns.