Discharge of Firearm

More often than not, discharging a firearm — a handgun, shotgun, rifle, automatic weapon or any other weapon that fires a projectile — is illegal in New York. There are some exceptions for hunting, target practice, self-defense and use in the line of duty. In many cases, it may be legal for you to possess a firearm, but discharging it runs afoul of the law because of the proximity of a dwelling, school, vehicle or another person.