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IMPORTANT NOTICE: As a result of the June 23, 2022, United States Supreme Court ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al. v. Kevin P. Bruen, et al., many firearm-related laws and regulations throughout New York State have changed and continue to change. Our office continuously monitors changes to the legal landscape in order to assist our clients to the best of our ability.  However, in light of the constantly changing legal landscape in connection with laws and regulations pertaining to firearms, the information contained within this page should not be construed as legal advice.  Please contact our office for the most up-to-date information. Further, the premise of all information contained on this page is based upon the rules, regulations, and procedures set by the County of Rockland.  Each county has its own rules, regulations, and procedures regarding pistol licensing applications, denials, suspensions, revocations, hearings, and similar, which may differ from county to county. Irrespective of the fact that this page reflects information specifically tailored to Rockland County, we do offer firearm-related services throughout the State of New York. 


New York State has extensive laws and regulations regarding pistol licensing. As a result, many prospective clients require assistance with pistol license applications, upgrade applications, application denials, license suspensions, license revocations, pistol hearings, etc. Our office took notice that many firms do not handle the above issues and found it extremely important to offer a place for law-abiding gun owners to turn for help. We offer such services throughout the State of New York. Our services also include assistance for firearm retailors and shooting ranges. 


Types of Licenses


In the County of Rockland there are currently two pistol license categories:


  1. Business Carry License – This license allows an individual to carry their firearm in the course of their work. This license is usually recommended for business owners or employees who have the support of their employer to carry a licensed firearm in the scope of employment.


  1. Unrestricted Carry License – This license allows an individual to carry a licensed firearm on their person at all times. 


It is very important to note that even with a lawfully-granted pistol license (even a license that is unrestricted) there are sensitive locations in New York pursuant to statute.  In these sensitive locations, it is unlawful to carry a firearm.  Examples of such sensitive locations include, but are not limited to: places of worship or religious observation, nursery schools, preschools, summer camps, government buildings, etc. Active litigation is challenging the existence of the aforesaid sensitive locations and many other recent changes to the law. As such, this information is subject to change, and you are welcome to call our office for the most up to date information. 


Historically, the County of Rockland also issued sportsman/residence licenses which enabled gun ownership and possession in one’s home and for sporting-related activities. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling noted above did not automatically convert sportsman/residence licenses into unrestricted carry licenses. If you have a sportsman/residence license, there is a possibility that we can pursue an upgrade of that license to an unrestricted carry license or business carry license, as may be applicable.



Services Our Team Offers


After contacting our firm, we will promptly schedule a free consultation for you to meet with our team. During this meeting we will identify what license you are seeking and your goals. Our firm will also ask several questions of you to gain a full picture as to you and your application’s strengths and weaknesses. In the event that you have a criminal record, this does not necessarily bar you from applying for a pistol license (some convictions can bar you from pistol licensing). Depending on your criminal history, we may want to first have you fingerprinted to better understand your full criminal history report and/or have you meet with a qualified professional for purposes of an assessment. Licensing Officers often have tremendous discretion when approving / denying pistol applications. As such, it is critical that the application our office submits be exhaustive as to your background. Perhaps the worst mistake an applicant can make is a failure to disclose.  We annex supporting documentation to your application along with legal arguments, affidavits, business records, etc. to help establish your suitability for pistol licensing. Our priority is to be as comprehensive as possible.  


Although our office has a tremendous amount of experience in this area, we cannot make any guarantees. Our past successes cannot guarantee future outcomes.  Every Licensing Officer has her/his own perspective regarding pistol licensing. In the event that you are denied, our office can request a hearing if we strongly believe that the application should be approved. The Licensing Officer is not required to grant a hearing.  If granted however, a hearing provides us an opportunity to appear with you in Court to give oral argument on your behalf.  In certain circumstances, we are also permitted to call witnesses and introduce exhibits to elaborate upon the merit of your application. While it is not always necessary to have an attorney represent you, our office recommends it. Should your application be denied, the denial will remain on your record. Any future applications, post-denial, may be impacted. Clients approach our office frequently to ensure they have the best chance of success. On the other hand, many clients also seek our assistance post- denial, suspension, or revocation.  In such circumstances, we are still able to assess the best route forward to potentially overturn the denial or restore the license. This of course depends entirely upon the facts surrounding your particular case. There are litigation options as well, should that become necessary.



If you are seeking assistance with a pistol application, upgrade, denial, hearing, suspension, revocation, etc. please feel welcome to contact our office. Consultations are always FREE and we maintain competitive pricing. Our firm truly stands by our mission statement “We Are Your Sword & Shield.” We look forward to fighting for you! 

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Rockland County Bar Association

"Mr. Fried and his staff were impeccably professional and knowledgeable. They were patient and answered all of my questions, and I received prompt responses to all calls and emails. I also appreciate how well they explained the legal proceedings of my case to me. Thanks to their efforts, my case was resolved with a favorable outcome. Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of service I've received and would absolutely recommend this firm."

—  Y. Chun


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