BUYING A HANDGUN
Generally, most individuals have a bill of sale from a dealer or individual and present it at the time they
pick up their license. The coupon must then be given to the dealer in order to take possession of the weapon. The
purchase of a handgun can only be from a valid license holder, a firearms dealer or a police or peace officer.
The bill of sale must include the make, model, caliber, type and serial number.
PURCHASING AN ADDITIONAL WEAPON
Additional handguns may be purchased and registered on your license by completing a license amendment (in
duplicate). The forms are available at the Pistol License Unit. The bill of sale must include the make, model,
serial number, type and caliber of the gun being acquired, and name, address, and license number of both buyer
SELLING A HANDGUN
If you wish to sell a handgun which is registered on your license, you must provide the buyer with a dated
bill of sale. The bill of sale must have your name, address, phone number and pistol license number. It must also
include the make, model, type, caliber and serial number of the handguns being sold, given, transferred, or
co-registered. It must include buyers name, address and license number. You are also required to notify the
Pistol License Unit that you are no longer in possession of the weapon(s).
When a pistol license holder is deceased, the Executor or Administrator of the Estate must dispose of the
handgun(s) within 15 days to a dealer, a valid pistol license holder or any police department or sheriff 's
Any person who voluntarily surrenders to any police or sheriff's department (under their terms) an
unregistered handgun, is granted amnesty from prosecution for Unlawful Possession. You should call the police or
sheriff 's office before bringing in any weapons.
If you have changed your name because of marriage or for other legal reasons, you must provide the Pistol
License Unit with a marriage Certificate or legal court documents verifying the change.
Should you change the address listed on your license you must come to the Pistol License Bureau no later than
ten days after the change becomes effective. If you move to a different county within NY State, you must make
arrangements to have your pistol license records transferred by contacting the Ulster County Clerk's
LOST OR MUTILATED LICENSE
If your license becomes mutilated or lost, you must notify the Pistol License Unit and complete a request for a
duplicate license form.
TO PICK UP A HANDGUN
Picking up a handgun is by appointment only. To make the appointment, please call (845) 340-3639.
SUMMARY A prompt report must be made to the Pistol License Unit under the following circumstances:
A. Loss of firearm
B. Loss or mutilation of pistol license
C. Change of business or residence address
D. Arrest, indictment or conviction in any jurisdiction
E. Intent to dispose of firearm(s)
- License holder must be in possession of license at all times while carrying firearms. License holder should
endeavor to engage in periodic practice at an authorized range.
To assure maximum safety, proper safeguards must be taken at all times to keep firearms away from
unauthorized persons, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN.
- Firearms should not be left in the glove compartment or trunk of autos, or any place where unauthorized
persons may readily have access to them.
- A license holder shall not take physical possession of a handgun prior to obtaining a purchase coupon from
the Sheriff's Office.
- Any violation of the criminal law as well as excessive use of alcohol, violent domestic fraction or abuse,
erratic behavior, drug abuse or abuse of driving privileges or the failure to exercise reasonable safety
precautions with respect to your firearms, may result in the suspension or revocation of your pistol license.
- A pistol license holder is authorized to use ONLY the firearm(s) that are registered on their license.
Upon demand, a pistol license holder must show their license to any police or peace officer acting in an
- You are not to laminate nor alter your license in any way.
- Your pistol license is valid in all of New York State only. However, it is NOT valid in the City of New York
and in other states.