Bronx, NY asked in Civil Rights for New York

Q: Is is legal to shoot my bb gun in my own backyard for aiming practice in nyc i live in the bronx

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Gregory Byrnes
Gregory Byrnes
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: NYC Admin Code § 10-131:

"Air pistols and air rifles; selling or possessing. 1. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer to sell or have in such person's possession any air pistol or air rifle or similar instrument in which the propelling force is a spring or air, except that the sale of such instruments if accompanied by delivery to a point without the city, and possession for such purpose, shall not be unlawful if such person shall have secured an annual license from the police commissioner of the city authorizing such sale and possession. The sale and delivery of such instruments within the city from one licensee to another licensee, and the use of such instruments in connection with an amusement licensed by the department of consumer affairs or at rifle or pistol ranges duly authorized by law shall not be considered a violation of this subdivision."

I recommend reviewing the NYC Laws (the NYC Admin Code Above) on licensing and for clarification on whether backyard usage is legal.

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