New York Firearm (Gun) Bill of Sale Form


The New York firearm (gun) bill of sale form creates a settled commitment to purchase a firearm for a paid sales price. Detailed in the agreement is the information on the purchaser, seller, and gun, along with certifying disclosure statements. The contract is executed upon endorsement with the help of a notary professional.

How to Register a Gun

The state of New York has one of the most rigid stances on firearm access in the country, enforcing restrictions to purchase, own, and carry. The statues and guidelines associated with long guns tend to be more lenient, but a background check must be passed to buy one, whether it be through a federally licensed dealer or a private seller. Carrying a long gun openly is allowed only on one’s private property or when utilized in a sanctioned area for hunting or target shooting. When transporting a long firearm, keep in mind, it must be unloaded and hidden from view in a case or in the trunk of a car, where a driver or passenger does not have available access to it.

As far as handguns are concerned, the legislation surrounding possession, acquisition, and carrying are even more stringent. Where you reside within the state of New York can impact the severity of obstacles to obtain permits and licensure, dependent on county or municipality laws where you live and wish to carry the weapon. New York City does not allow for concealed carry of a handgun even with a license except for active or retired law enforcement officers, armored vehicle guards, and licenses validated by the NYC Police Commissioner.

If you live in New York City and decide to purchase a handgun, you will need to apply for a permit to purchase simultaneously, an owner’s license, and possibly a concealed carry license depending on the license type for which you apply. All of these actions essentially register the gun within the city. However, this varies in other regions of the state. To license/permit/register you can visit NYC’s Licensing Division website to create an account and complete the application. Should you reside outside the city, many different towns and counties have different regulatory procedures for obtaining a handgun, so make sure to visit your county sheriff’s office, website or call to confirm details before applying. Each permit or license will mandate a background check as well as supplied fingerprint identification for the applicant.

How to Obtain a Pistol License

To apply for a New York Pistol License while residing in The City of New York will require you to visit the NYC’s Licensing Division website and follow the listed instructions. If you live in New York State outside of New York City, you will need to meet the requirements of your regional application process. Either way, you will want to thoroughly read The New York Pistol License Information Handbook to know the details of the procedure. Although the process can differ depending on your county of residence, the necessary arrangements can be made by gathering the following materials for submission at your county sheriff’s office:

After submitting your application, the applicant will endure state, federal and regional background checks, including a police interview. The form will then make its way to a state judge for final approval. This process can take anywhere from 2-6 months before notification of acceptance or denial of the application. Once you have been approved, you can then purchase a handgun with the permit/license and follow through with registration upon sale.

How to Write

Step 1 – Conclude as to which form works for your needs and download the associated file.

Step 2 – Seller Information – Include all information about the seller of the weapon.

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Driver’s License

Step 3 – Buyer Information – Type in all indicated similar information on the buyer of the gun as follows:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Driver’s License

Step 4 – Firearm – Enter the information on the firearm being transferred in the exchange:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Caliber
  • Serial number

Step 5 – Sale Information – Complete the portion of the form on the details of the sale as follows:

  • Sale Price
  • Sale Date
  • Highlight all information on trade items, should there be a firearm or other item also included within the sale terms.

Step 6 – Disclosure Statements – Read the contract disclosure statements and sign only upon agreement.

Step 7 – Signatures – This document requires notarization, so be conscientious not to affix signatures until there is a certified notary public in attendance of the action.