New York State Air Gun laws

New York State Air Gun laws

Joined: November 6th, 2010, 7:39 pm

September 12th, 2012, 10:41 pm #1

Anyone know the status of Air Guns in NYS. Thanks, Pete
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September 12th, 2012, 10:50 pm #2

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Joined: January 30th, 2011, 8:18 pm

September 12th, 2012, 11:24 pm #3

Air gun = a FIREARM that fires a projectile with spring or compressed gas not gun powder. Firearm ?? It bothers me a little bit that the folks that write the regulations don't know their butt from a hole in the ground.
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September 12th, 2012, 11:43 pm #4

Anyone know the status of Air Guns in NYS. Thanks, Pete
Makes no sense as the conservation law states .177 or larger and over 600 fps. You can shoot at targets off your back porch as long as there are no local ordinances saying otherwise because airguns are only considered firearms in Conservation law, not criminal law. Same deal with bow and arrow. You can shoot targets in your back yard with not restrictions because it is not considered a "firearm: unless you shoot it at a critter. For example my .45 Saver 909 with 245Gr boolets shooting at 590 fps would not be legal to shoot a red squirrel with because it is under 600 fps.

"Air guns may be used to hunt squirrels, rabbits, hares, ruffed grouse, and furbearers that may be hunted (e.g., raccoons and coyotes) and unprotected species. Air guns may not be used to hunt waterfowl, pheasant, wild turkey, or big game."

"Air gun - a firearm that uses spring or compressed air (not gunpowder) to propel a single projectile that is .17 caliber or larger and produces a muzzle velocity of at least 600 feet per second. Smooth or rifled bore air guns are allowed."

"It is illegal to discharge a firearm or bow:

* so that the load or arrow passes over any part of a public highway,
* within 500 feet of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church,
within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner's consent."

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8312.html

If you have neighbors on either side less than 500', you can't shoot at a critter with an airgun even if your back yard is 2 miles deep but you can shoot at targets as long as pellet doesn't leave your property(and you aren't in "the other NY").



I don't know(or care) about any part of NYS South of the blue line but a lot of the "mail order" retailers won't ship airguns to NYS even though all the restrictions are NYC and Long Island, not NYS.
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September 12th, 2012, 11:49 pm #5

Inside the city all airguns are deemed illegal


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Joined: July 30th, 2012, 2:00 am

September 13th, 2012, 12:57 am #6

even with an fid?
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Joined: July 2nd, 2001, 12:16 pm

September 13th, 2012, 1:27 am #7

Makes no sense as the conservation law states .177 or larger and over 600 fps. You can shoot at targets off your back porch as long as there are no local ordinances saying otherwise because airguns are only considered firearms in Conservation law, not criminal law. Same deal with bow and arrow. You can shoot targets in your back yard with not restrictions because it is not considered a "firearm: unless you shoot it at a critter. For example my .45 Saver 909 with 245Gr boolets shooting at 590 fps would not be legal to shoot a red squirrel with because it is under 600 fps.

"Air guns may be used to hunt squirrels, rabbits, hares, ruffed grouse, and furbearers that may be hunted (e.g., raccoons and coyotes) and unprotected species. Air guns may not be used to hunt waterfowl, pheasant, wild turkey, or big game."

"Air gun - a firearm that uses spring or compressed air (not gunpowder) to propel a single projectile that is .17 caliber or larger and produces a muzzle velocity of at least 600 feet per second. Smooth or rifled bore air guns are allowed."

"It is illegal to discharge a firearm or bow:

* so that the load or arrow passes over any part of a public highway,
* within 500 feet of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church,
within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner's consent."

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8312.html

If you have neighbors on either side less than 500', you can't shoot at a critter with an airgun even if your back yard is 2 miles deep but you can shoot at targets as long as pellet doesn't leave your property(and you aren't in "the other NY").



I don't know(or care) about any part of NYS South of the blue line but a lot of the "mail order" retailers won't ship airguns to NYS even though all the restrictions are NYC and Long Island, not NYS.
NY State has an area of 54,555 sq miles. The area inside the blue line is about 9,375 sq miles. So you just discount anything happening in 80% of the state?

As for the laws in NY, remember that the DEC laws relate to hunting. There are county and city statutes that may be more strict than the DEC laws. Even target shooting in your back yard may be against the rules.

Any supplier not willing to ship to your or my parts of NY State should be publicized as unsupportive on the BOI. I haven't had any problems yet.
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September 13th, 2012, 1:31 am #8

Anyone know the status of Air Guns in NYS. Thanks, Pete
Any game that can be legally taken with a .22 rimfire can also be taken with an air gun. There is a minimum fps written into the regulations. All other rules for hunting apply regarding seasons, bag limits, and licensing.

This does NOT mean that airguns are legal to shoot in your back yard. You have to check with your county, town or city to see if they have further restrictions.
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Joined: November 6th, 2010, 7:39 pm

September 13th, 2012, 1:33 am #9

Anyone know the status of Air Guns in NYS. Thanks, Pete
Trying to find info on Gov. web pages is hard. I see in the the NYS hunting regs that they now call .177 cal and larger, with a speed of 600 FPS, a firearm. I am going to have to call Albany and get this in writing, as my Neighbor is taking me to court for target shooting with my Crosman Co2 pellet pistol. Thanks again !!
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Joined: April 28th, 2010, 12:23 am

September 13th, 2012, 7:44 am #10

even with an fid?

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