By requiring background checks for private sales, the SAFE Act will help ensure that guns are only sold to individuals legally permitted to have them. By conducting those background checks, dealers can play a vital role in protecting the public by making sure guns don't fall into the wrong hands.
Frequently Asked Questions:Private Sales
Q: How does the SAFE Act affect private sales or transfers of firearms?
Q: What family members are exempt from the private sale/transfer provision?
Q: How do I complete a private sale or transfer?
Q: Am I required to perform a background check for a private sale or transfer?
Q: Is there a cap on what I may charge to facilitate the private sale or transfer?
Q: What if I have questions about the process?
Assault Weapons and Magazines
Q: If someone paid for a gun before January 15, 2013 that is now classified as an
assault weapon, but the gun hasn’t been delivered to the buyer, what do I do?
Q: I have guns in my inventory that are now defined as assault weapons and
magazines that can contain more than ten rounds. What can I do with them?
Q: I am a dealer that sells guns that are now classified as assault weapons to
law enforcement; can I continue doing this under the new law?
Federal Firearms Licensees
Q: I am a Federally licensed firearms dealer, but I do not have a New York State
dealer’s license or gunsmith’s license. Am I exempt from the assault weapon and
high capacity magazine provisions of the NY SAFE Act?
Please note: This website is informational only and does not constitute legal advice.