New York


Over 4.6 million New York residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, New York reported 1,324 domestic homicides from 2010 to 2019, 25% of whom died by firearms. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.

In New York, an individual must have a license to purchase or possess a handgun. No license shall be issued to or renewed for an individual convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or an individual who has had a license revoked or is under a suspension or ineligibility order pursuant to a temporary or final order of protection. Under certain circumstances, New York requires removal of firearms from persons subject to temporary and final orders of protection.

This page was updated April 26, 2021. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.