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In 2021 New York enacted the Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act1 and the Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act,2 which together prohibit ghost guns and the unserialized parts used to make them. Beginning on February 25, 2022, these laws will:

  • Prohibit the sale or possession of unserialized, unfinished frames and receivers, except in the case of licensed gunsmiths.3
  • Prohibit the possession and sale of unserialized firearms.4

New York also prohibits undetectable firearms, which include firearms that:

  • Cannot be detected by metal detectors after the removal of grips, stocks, and magazines.5
  • Have a barrel, slide or cylinder, frame, or receiver that cannot be imaged by security screening devices commonly used at airports.6


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  1. N.Y. S. 13A (2021).[]
  2. N.Y. S. 14A (2021).[]
  3. N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.01(10), 265.63, 265.64, 265.60, 265.61.[]
  4. N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.01(9), 265.07.[]
  5. N.Y. Penal Law § 265.50(A)(1); id. § 265.55(A)(1).[]
  6. N.Y. Penal Law § 265.50(A)(2); id. § 265.55(A)(2).[]