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New York has taken bold action to save lives from gun violence and serves as a national model for many gun safety policies and programs.

The state serves as a national model for developing and investing in community violence prevention and intervention programs. In 2021, New York had the fourth lowest gun death rate among the states. Far more crime guns are trafficked into New York than out of the state. In 2021, New York had the second lowest rate of crime gun exports and the 15th highest rate of crime gun imports.

What New York Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Partial gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Safe storage laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Ghost gun law
  • Microstamping requirements
  • Minimum age of 21 to buy most firearms
  • Sensitive location restrictions

What New York Is Missing

  • Waiting period



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.