In New York, you must have the proper permission to purchase, own, or possess a handgun. Before you buy or possess a gun, you must apply for a Pistol Permit with the proper licensing authority in your city or county, which is generally the County Sheriff in most upstate counties and the New York City Police Department Licensing Division in New York City. When you receive a license to purchase a gun, you may only purchase or possess the specific weapon that is noted on your license and the weapon must be properly registered and carried in accordance with the restrictions on your particular license.
One individual in New York City recently tried to get around the gun licensing requirements in a surprising manner–by trying to bribe New York Police Department officers. The requirements to have a gun license approved by NYPD in New York City are even more stringent than in the rest of the state. For example, law enforcement officers will review your application for accuracy and will always conduct a thorough background check. Many different marks on your record can prevent approval of your gun license, including domestic violence accusations, criminal convictions, or even certain traffic offenses. Because of these strict requirements and a complex bureaucratic process, most people are denied licenses. Hiring a lawyer familiar with the pistol permit process helps but still provides only a slightly better chance of obtaining the prized and increasingly rare New York City Carry Permit.
The man in the news decided that trying to bribe officers was a better way around waiting for a gun license or receiving possible denials. Allegedly, the man was trying to secure gun licenses for his clients, who were willing to pay thousands of dollars for the licenses. He reportedly offered an NYPD officer $6,000 to speed up the license approval process for several people, claiming that he had used previous connections to obtain 150 licenses. He is now facing federal bribery charges, which can result in very serious penalties if convicted.
Call a New York Criminal Defense Lawyer for More Information Today
The penalties for gun crimes and related offenses are very serious in New York and anyone accused of a gun crime should immediately call an experienced NY criminal defense attorney for help. There are many ways to defend against gun offenses, however, timing is very important in these cases. At the Law Office of Stephan Jacob Siegel, we can begin building an effective defense strategy from the moment of your arrest, so please do not hesitate to call our office for more information if you have been arrested or charged with any crime.