Arrested for Firearm Possession while Visiting New York City?

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives us a general right to have firearms however the different states can interpret this in their own way. Guns laws are generally more lax in southern states. New York has particularly strict laws regulating the possession of firearms. Out-of-state licenses are not recognized and you face a 3.5 year minimum in New York for an illegal gun.

The NYPD aggressively investigates illegal gun possession and is quick to make an arrest. In some states, you are not required to have a license to carry a firearm. In others, getting a license is fairly quick. Gun owners traveling to New York State often travel to New York City for business or pleasure. If they weren't aware of New York's harsh gun laws or were under a mistaken belief that their out-of-state license will be honored in New York, an arrest and felony charges could follow.

Tourists and visitors are often arrested at security checkpoints in New York such as at

  • The Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • Airports
  • Tunnels or other ports of entry
  • Other security checkpoints

If you or a loved-one has been arrested for carrying an illegal gun in New York City, contact us today for a case evaluation. We can take steps to challenge the search and seizure of the firearm, suppress any statements you made without a lawyer, fight the charges in court and argue on your behalf to the prosecutor. Lance Fletcher, a former Manhattan prosecutor, has successfully defended clients throughout New York City Courts against weapon possession charges. We handle cases in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.

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