Hello everyone. I am a New York City resident and a first time gun owner and Rifle/Shotgun (RS) permit holder. I've been relying on this forum and a few others (newyorkcityguns) for several months while going through the process of obtaining my RS permit. Now that I have gotten my permit and my first ever gun, I'd like to share my experience as best I can, and give whatever advice I can to help others who are having trouble navigating the permit process and/or the various different laws that NYC has, compared to the rest of the New York State.
So, I started this around September 2018. You can download the RS permit application PDF, that tells you all the documents you will need to apply. This includes: ss card, birth certificate, co-habitant approval form, person agreeing to safeguard firearms, affirmation of rules/law, arrest information, recent passport photos, drivers license, utility bill/proof of address.
The actual application is now ONLINE. Go to https://licensing.ny...pp-instruction/ to create an account and fill out all the information. I was told that I was among the first to be in the all-online applicants, so it would take a little longer because they had to load all the paper applicants into the system. All in all, it took about 4 months AFTER submitting my application to get my permit, which included 1 month after fingerprinting.
I live alone, so I typed that on the co-habitant form and scanned/uploaded it. I had my dad agree to safeguard my guns in case of my death/incapcitation and my mom was a witness to him signing. I got 4 passport photos from CVS and highlighted the date on the receipt (that it was within 30 days) and scanned/uploaded it, had my arrest form notarized (ive never been arrested) scanned/uploaded. I scanned/uploaded all the above documents as well. After submitting the application (end of September), I got an email saying my fingerprinting was due by the end of December. I called about 2 weeks later for any updates. I heard nothing back, and when it was almost the end of December, I called again asking when I will get fingerprinted, and made an appointment to come in and be fingerprinted. It's possible I would have been fingerprinted earlier had I kept calling, but it is what it is. A few days later, I saw that my status on the site changed to "Investigation."
Two weeks after fingerprinting (mid-January 2019), I called the office again. I had left out that I received 2 CRIMINAL summonses (Pink sheets) YEARS ago. 1 of them was for being in a park at like 10pm. I wasn't even sure they were criminal, but apparently they are. I got a fine for the park one, and the other was for having pepper spray, no fine or record, I was in front of a judge for about 30 seconds, no record/no fine. But I didn't want them thinking I was concealing anything. I ended getting my investigator on the phone and she told me 2 summonses is nothing and that she wouldn't care unless it was like 12. She also said she made a note that I was being upfront and not failing to disclose anything or trying to hide anything. 2 weeks or so after that, on a Friday evening, I checked my status and saw "Approved"!!! The following Monday, they called me and told me I could pick up my permit. The next day, I come in, get my picture taken and one more fingerprint (just index). The woman at the front give me my Permit, and 3 Green Registration forms which is a Years worth of guns (at least 90 days per registration = 3 guns per year; more than 90 days if you mail it, which I did.
I think this is long enough for now. I will reply with the gun/ammunition laws I found in this thread and probably post separate threads on that as well.