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Always use BLACK ink when completing an application.

List any and all arrests on the application; even those that have been sealed or dismissed.

Upon the death of a Niagara County Pistol Permit holder, the estate of the deceased is required to report the incident to the Pistol Permit Office within 15 business days.


What is a New York State Carry Permit?
This is a license to own and carry a concealed, legally registered firearm (handgun) in New York State. Your permit is only valid in New York State.
How do I transport and store my guns?
All firearms (handguns) must be in your possession (concealed) or in a secured (locked) storage container/area.
What if I lose my gun or have my gun stolen?

Under no circumstances should firearms (handguns) be left in locations where they may be easily lost or stolen.

Any owner of a firearm who suffers the loss or theft of a firearm shall report the same within twenty-four (24) hours of the discovery of the loss or theft to their local police agency and to the Niagara County Pistol Permit Office. The Niagara County Pistol Permit Office will also require you to submit a police report concerning the loss/theft.

What if I change my name?
You must appear in person within ten (10) days at the Niagara County Pistol Permit Office and provide proof of the name change – marriage license, court order, etc.
What if I change my address?
This an amendment to your pistol permit, and can be done in person, or by mail. Instructions for completing an amendment by mail can be found under “Related Links” Forms.

If you are moving to an adjacent county (one that shares a border with Niagara County), you may retain your Niagara County pistol permit. If you are not moving to an adjacent county, or moving out of state, you must contact the Pistol Permit Office.
What is the procedure to follow if I buy, sell or co-register a gun?
Buying/Selling - This is an amendment to your pistol permit which can be done in person or by mail. A Bill of Sale is required for all transactions. Buyer/Purchaser must obtain a valid NICS background check completed by an authorized New York State Gun Dealer. If buying/selling between immediate family members – no background check is required.

Co-registration – Is allowed in Niagara County between immediate family members that reside in Niagara County and hold a valid Niagara County pistol permit. Co-Registration form can be found under “Related Links” Forms

Immediate family members are – and include “step”: mother, father, sister, brother, children/step-children, spouse or domestic partner.
Can I purchase a gun outside of NY State?
You may purchase a firearm (handgun) outside of New York State or from an on-line source. However, ALL firearms (handguns) MUST be shipped to an authorized New York State Gun Dealer who will complete a NICS background check and transfer the firearm to the purchaser.
Can I use a gun before I register it?
All handguns in your possession must be registered on your permit. Antique/black powder pistols are exempt from licensing, but only if they are unloaded. Anyone possessing such handguns together with ammunition for same, must register it on a valid permit.
Can I lend my gun to another individual?
You cannot legally allow another individual to handle your gun unless it is registered on the persons permit. If you are on a licensed shooting range and a range instructor is present, you may allow another person to handle registered guns.
Is there a difference between the term 'full carry' which is applied to Niagara County permits, and the term 'unrestricted' which may be used in other counties throughout NYS?
No, 'fully carry' and 'unrestricted' mean the same thing and should be considered interchangeable.