Stun Devices/Electric Weapons are illegal in NY State & New York City. Note: U.S. District Court Northern District of New York has Ruled that Stun Guns and Taser Ban in N.Y.... read more ›
A federal judge ruled in March 2019 that banning stun guns was unconstitutional. Weapons experts, lawyers, even some politicians in New York believe it's now perfectly legal to own and use one — as long as it's in self defense.... continue reading ›
In New York you can own or possess a long gun, including shotguns and rifles, without requiring a permit or a license. It is also possible to own a pistol in New York State, but to be able to carry this type of gun you will have to obtain a permit for the weapon in order to own it legally.... continue reading ›
It is legal to carry defense sprays in NY, but pepper spray can not legally be mailed to any city or county in New York.... continue reading ›
TASER: Range. Stun guns are close proximity devices that require you to be next to the person attacking you. They use a painful shock to discourage further contact. On the other hand, a TASER uses projectile prongs that attach to a target further away—up to 15 feet.... see more ›
When can you use deadly force? New York has both a “duty to retreat” clause and a “castle doctrine” clause. The law says that you may use deadly force when you reasonably believe the attacker is using or about to use deadly force. In most situations outside your own home, you have a limited duty to retreat.... view details ›
Any firearm, electronic dart gun, electronic stun gun, switchblade knife, pilum ballistic knife, metal knuckle knife, cane sword, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, plastic knuckles, metal knuckles, chuka stick, sand bag, sandclub, wrist-brace type slingshot or slingshot, shirken or “Kung Fu star”; or.... see more ›
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Even if you are only carrying a knife for self-defense, you may still be subject to summons and/or arrest if the circumstances indicate that the knife is used or possessed as a weapon. If you feel threatened or in danger, call 911 for police assistance.... see more ›
It is illegal to carry a dirk, dagger, or stiletto with the intent of using it unlawfully against another. It is legal to own and carry a gravity knife. New York does not have concealed carry laws, and therefore it is legal to open or conceal carry any legal knife.... see more ›
New York law does not impose a duty to retreat in your own home if you are not the initial aggressor or if a person is under a reasonable belief that the attacker is attempting to commit or is committing a forcible rape, robbery, kidnapping or forcible criminal sexual act.... see details ›
The NY SAFE Act prohibits possession of a magazine that has the capacity to hold more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition regardless of when it was manufactured or when it was obtained.... see more ›
In the state of New York, metal knuckles are illegal. Additionally, those that may be worn as jewelry around the neck on the fingers are considered to be concealed weapons in some states. Brass knuckles have been glamorized due to their use in popular mass media, including in major TV shows and video games.... see details ›
Some stun guns, like many made by TASER, fire barbed electrodes connected to the gun by wires. The barbs stick to clothing or skin so the charge can be delivered from a distance of 15–20 feet.... continue reading ›
Completely false. A slight touch will cause someone to jerk back, but not incapacitate them. The stun gun must be held in large muscle groups (hips, torso, neck) for at least 3-5 seconds in order to be effective.... continue reading ›
On average, a taser emits about 50,000 volts, which can affect muscle movement. A taser is a single shot device that requires skill and accuracy to use effectively. Stun guns are a direct contact device that emits a high pulse frequency to restrict movement. They release about 1,200 volts.... view details ›
Stun guns are close proximity devices that require you to be next to the person attacking you. They use a painful shock to discourage further contact. On the other hand, a TASER uses projectile prongs that attach to a target further away—up to 15 feet.... see more ›
In general, it is illegal to possess machine guns, short-barreled rifles, and short-barreled shotguns in New York. New York does not have a waiting period to purchase a gun, but a person must obtain a license to purchase a handgun.... view details ›
On May 30, 2019, the New York State ban on gravity knives was repealed. As a result, the mere possession of a gravity knife is no longer a crime under the Penal Law. However, the mere possession of switchblades, pilum ballistic knives or metal knuckle knives still remains a misdemeanor under Penal Law § 265.01(1).... see more ›