How Do You Get a Class 3 Firearm License?
It may surprise you to find out that there are two classes of firearms license available in New York. The first, and most commonly known, category is the Class A License which authorizes the carrying of an unloaded firearm in one’s house or any place which the license holder has a valid reason to have the weapon. Such places include a shooting range, an indoor shooting range, a trap or sporting range, or a gun club. Other valid reasons for carrying a concealed weapon include at hunting shelters or military training centers. Each class has its own requirements which must be met before obtaining the license.
Classes B and C carry no license requirements. These are the licensed dealers of firearms in the state. Possessing a dealer’s permit, however, does not allow the license holder to purchase a firearm. Instead, these people can only sell or transfer them to someone who holds a license. There are specific regulations on the transfer of these weapons.
When selling a firearm, it is recommended that the seller provides a serial number to ensure that the transaction is processed legally. Likewise, when transferring a firearm, the transferor (who is typically the licensed dealer) must provide a signed receipt for the firearms. This is done so as to document the transfer and in case there are any disputes regarding the transfer, there will be legal recourse if the license holder’s rights are infringed upon.
To obtain your license as a Class III firearm, you will need to complete and successfully complete an approved firearms safety course provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. To apply for the class, you will need to complete the application form. After submitting the application, you will be notified in writing as to whether or not your application is approved and if so, the amount of money you will need to pay for the course. You will also be required to provide fingerprints, criminal background information if any, and the completed application forms. Upon approval, you will receive your license to buy.
After receiving your license, you will be able to buy firearms only from licensed dealers. However, you can carry an unloaded firearm with you in your vehicle or anywhere that is allowed by law. Keep in mind that you cannot possess a firearm in your hand or at any time while in a vehicle’s ignition zone. Be sure to keep this in mind if you ever become involved in an accident or are in the path of an approaching vehicle. The consequences of discharging a firearm in an improper area could be fatal.
If you are interested in obtaining your license, follow the necessary steps. The cost of the course is not prohibitive and is typically covered by most state budgets. Remember, there are restrictions on the type and number of firearms that you can possess. If you are a resident of Alaska, for example, you may be restricted to one firearm. Also remember that you must reside in the state for which you obtain your permit.