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Although there is no specific waiting period prior to purchase of a firearm in New York, all handgun purchasers must obtain a license to possess or carry a handgun, and such licenses may take up to six months to process (or longer, upon written notice to the applicant).1

 See our Waiting Periods policy summary  for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. N.Y. Penal Law § 400.00(4-a).[]