Pistol License Holder’s Information

Rules & Regulations for Onondaga County Pistol License Holders

  • Any New York State Pistol License issued in Onondaga County is valid until revoked or suspended.
  • Handguns registered on the New York State Pistol License can only be carried within the restriction of the license: carry concealed, carry for employment, or sportsman.
  • A handgun cannot be carried where state law prohibits it. (ex. City/State/County office buildings, schools and universities, any private establishment with a sign posted prohibiting guns, as well as Federal and State land except where hunting is permitted.)
  • Pistol License holders must report the following within ten (10) days: (Failure to do so is a Class A Misdemeanor per Penal Law 400.00.)
    • change of name or address
    • sale of weapon
    • theft or loss of weapon (must also be reported to a local police agency)
    • destruction of weapon
  • All pistol license transactions must be completed in the Pistol License Office between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Amendments:

If there is an amendment to the pistol license (a weapon is being acquired/disposed, $3 fee), you must do the following:

  • Amendment Forms are available in the Forms Section of this web site.
  • The pistol license holder must appear in person with their pistol license.
  • All gun transfers between private parties, except immediate family members (i.e. spouse, domestic partner, children and step children), must be made through a Federal Firearms Licensee, subject to a federal national Instant Criminal Background Check.
  • A bill of sale must be supplied as follows:
  • If the weapon was bought from an immediate family member, you must bring in a notarized bill of sale including name and address of the individual from whom the weapon was purchased and proof of a trigger lock.
  • If the weapon was purchased from a licensed gun dealer, you must bring in the sales receipt for the weapon, along with a sales receipt for the trigger lock when a new weapon has been purchased.

NOTICE: A weapon will not be added onto the pistol license unless you have the necessary paperwork. There are NO exceptions to the rule.

Procedure for Proper Disposal of Handguns Belonging to Deceased NEW YORK State Pistol License Holder:

In accordance with Sections 400.05 and 265.20 of the New York State Penal Law, Executors, Administrators, or any other person(s) who have lawful possession of property, specifically handgun(s) that belonged to a New York State Pistol License holder who has died, must dispose of the handgun(s) within fifteen (15) days of the death of the pistol license holder.

The handgun(s) can be disposed of to a licensed firearms dealer or to another pistol license holder. Because there are specific procedures that must be followed in these types of disposal, please contact the Pistol License Unit at (315) 435-2037, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.

If the handgun(s) are not disposed of within the fifteen day period, the handgun(s) must be turned into a law enforcement agency, who will hold the handgun(s) for safekeeping until proper disposal can be arranged or authorization is given for destruction. The handgun(s) can only be held for a period of two years, at which time they are declared a nuisance and destroyed in accordance with New York State Penal Law.