Is It Legal To Order Gun Ammunition Online In New York State?
There have been lots of lawsuits and debates over gun control since the Supreme Court ruled on New York State's concealed carry licenses, which might lead to some confusion as to what exactly is legal...and what isn't.
New York Attorney General Letitia James busted illegal ammunition sales in New York State by online suppliers. The Attorney General's Office investigation lead to the discovery of 39 ammo sellers who sold to New York State residents and did not keep records of the sales.
Attorney General James sent cease and desist orders to the ammunition sellers notifying them that they are violating New York State law and to immediately stop shipping ammunition directly to the state. The sellers could face serious legal consequences. Attorney General James said,
Shipping bullets to New Yorkers’ doorsteps is illegal and ammunition sellers that ignore the law will face the full force of my office. Online sales of ammunition are dangerous and could end up in the wrong hands. We are taking action to protect communities and enforce our responsible gun laws. Ammunition sellers must stop illegally bringing ammo into New York. My office will continue to use every tool at our disposal to protect the safety of everyday New Yorkers.
Is It Illegal To Sell Ammo Online To New York Buyers?
Yes! It is a violation of New York’s SAFE Act for out-of-state vendors to sell the bullets directly to New York residents via the Internet. Under New York’s SAFE Act, all ammunition sales must be conducted in person between a licensed weapons dealer or registered seller and a customer. Sellers must also keep a record of each ammo sale in the state. Records must include the age, occupation, and residence of any person buying ammo. Sellers who violate the law could be fined up to $5,000 for each individual violation.