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General constitutional (Second Amendment) and federal firearm law inquiries. New York State and New York City laws and regulations on firearms. Use of force in self-defense. DISCLAIMER: While this site is called AllExperts and this field is captioned "Expertise," this individual is not holding himself out as an "expert" in any legal area of practice. Some jurisdictions require certain qualifications and/or certifications in order to use the label "expert" in connection with a law practice. Participation in this online service is not intended to state or imply "expert" qualifications in any jurisdiction.

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Practicing firearms law attorney, including representation of individuals, gun clubs, sportsmen's organizations, shooting ranges, and businesses. Over 20 years of grassroots activism, including involvement in campaigns and elections; writing and editing articles, letters, press-releases, policy papers, and op-ed columns; interaction with firearm regulatory agencies; former board member and current legal advisor to the board of sportsmen's and firearm civil rights organizations; pro-bono counsel on select firearms-related legal cases; debated leaders of the gun-control lobby on national television. Lecturer on lawful use of deadly physical force and crime prevention.


Attorney at law. Extensive practice, independent study and research in this field. NRA-certified firearms instructor (rifle, pistol, shotgun, home firearm safety, personal protection) and Chief Range Safety Officer.

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2016-01-27 pistol license:

An application for a pistol license anywhere in New York "can be denied" whenever the licensing authority finds (among other things) "good cause exists for the denial of the license." See NYS Penal Law

2015-11-14 NYC and Fairfield County CT:

If you do not qualify for a NYC carry license, you will be stuck with a NYC Premises-Target license. Unfortunately, NYPD restricts holders of Premises-Target licenses from taking their guns out of the

2015-06-11 Affect of Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal on Gun Rights?:

You are asking about an ADJOURNMENT in contemplation of DISMISSAL. Notice the highlighted words. Proceedings on the charges are adjourned before trial or guilty plea with the expectation that they will

2015-04-06 Dinkins:

This is a political question and not really a Second Amendment/RKBA question, but here's my opinion since I do recall the episode quite well:    Because he was acting as an advocate for gun control and

2013-09-13 Pistol permit questions:

Unfortunately, there is no simple or satisfactory answer to your question. New York allows licensing agents to apply highly subjective criteria to a firearm license application, such as whether the applicant


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