Queensbury, NY asked in Criminal Law for New York

Q: Is it illegal to carry a bb pistol around on your person in upstate New York?

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Daniel A. Johnston
Daniel A. Johnston
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Garden City, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Typically no. But if you use it to harm or threaten someone it can be unlawful possession as an "imitation pistol" (in addition to charges related to the threat/harm). You also can't have it on school grounds or certain other properties. If you're carrying it openly and causing a scene you can get a disorderly conduct, among other charges.

Basically just use your head, keep it in a backpack or bag, and you'll be fine.

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