N.Y. PEN. LAW § 400.00 : NY Code - Section 400.00: Licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms

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1. Eligibility. No license shall be issued or renewed pursuant to this
  section   except   by   the  licensing  officer,  and  then  only  after
  investigation and finding that all statements in  a  proper  application
  for a license are true. No license shall be issued or renewed except for
  an  applicant  (a)  twenty-one years of age or older, provided, however,
  that where such applicant has been honorably discharged from the  United
  States  army,  navy,  marine  corps,  air  force  or coast guard, or the
  national guard of the state of New York, no such age  restriction  shall
  apply;  (b)  of  good  moral  character;  (c) who has not been convicted
  anywhere of a felony or a serious offense; (d) who has stated whether he
  or she has ever suffered any mental illness  or  been  confined  to  any
  hospital  or institution, public or private, for mental illness; (e) who
  has not had a license revoked or  who  is  not  under  a  suspension  or
  ineligibility  order issued pursuant to the provisions of section 530.14
  of the criminal procedure law or section eight  hundred  forty-two-a  of
  the  family  court  act;  (f)  in  the  county  of  Westchester, who has
  successfully completed a firearms safety course and test as evidenced by
  a certificate of completion issued in his or her name and  endorsed  and
  affirmed under the penalties of perjury by a duly authorized instructor,
  except  that:  (i)  persons who are honorably discharged from the United
  States army, navy, marine corps or coast guard, or of the national guard
  of the state of New York, and produce evidence of official qualification
  in firearms during  the  term  of  service  are  not  required  to  have
  completed those hours of a firearms safety course pertaining to the safe
  use,  carrying,  possession,  maintenance  and storage of a firearm; and
  (ii) persons who were licensed to possess a pistol or revolver prior  to
  the  effective date of this paragraph are not required to have completed
  a firearms safety course and test; and (g) concerning whom no good cause
  exists for the denial of the license. No  person  shall  engage  in  the
  business  of  gunsmith or dealer in firearms unless licensed pursuant to
  this section. An applicant to engage in such business shall  also  be  a
  citizen  of  the  United  States,  more than twenty-one years of age and
  maintain a place of business in the city or county where the license  is
  issued.  For  such  business, if the applicant is a firm or partnership,
  each member thereof shall comply with all of the requirements set  forth
  in  this subdivision and if the applicant is a corporation, each officer
  thereof shall so comply.
    2. Types of licenses. A license for gunsmith  or  dealer  in  firearms
  shall  be  issued  to engage in such business. A license for a pistol or
  revolver, other than an assault weapon or  a  disguised  gun,  shall  be
  issued  to  (a)  have  and possess in his dwelling by a householder; (b)
  have and possess in his place of business by a merchant or  storekeeper;
  (c)  have  and carry concealed while so employed by a messenger employed
  by a  banking  institution  or  express  company;  (d)  have  and  carry
  concealed  by  a  justice  of  the  supreme court in the first or second
  judicial departments, or by a judge of the New York city civil court  or
  the  New York city criminal court; (e) have and carry concealed while so
  employed by a regular employee of an institution of the state, or of any
  county, city, town or  village,  under  control  of  a  commissioner  of
  correction  of  the city or any warden, superintendent or head keeper of
  any  state  prison,  penitentiary,  workhouse,  county  jail  or   other
  institution  for  the detention of persons convicted or accused of crime
  or held as witnesses in criminal cases,  provided  that  application  is
  made  therefor  by  such  commissioner,  warden,  superintendent or head
  keeper; (f) have and carry concealed, without regard  to  employment  or
  place  of  possession,  by  any  person when proper cause exists for the
  issuance thereof; and (g)  have,  possess,  collect  and  carry  antique

  pistols  which  are  defined  as  follows:  (i)  any single shot, muzzle
  loading pistol with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap,  or  similar
  type  of  ignition  system  manufactured in or before l898, which is not
  designed  for using rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition;
  and (ii) any replica of any pistol described in  clause  (i)  hereof  if
  such replica--
    (1)  is  not  designed or redesigned for using rimfire or conventional
  centerfire fixed ammunition, or
    (2) uses rimfire or conventional centerfire fixed ammunition which  is
  no  longer  manufactured  in  the United States and which is not readily
  available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.
    3. Applications. (a) Applications shall be made and  renewed,  in  the
  case  of  a  license  to  carry  or possess a pistol or revolver, to the
  licensing officer in the city or county, as the case may be,  where  the
  applicant resides, is principally employed or has his principal place of
  business  as  merchant  or storekeeper; and, in the case of a license as
  gunsmith or dealer in firearms, to  the  licensing  officer  where  such
  place  of  business  is located. Blank applications shall, except in the
  city of New York, be approved as to form by the superintendent of  state
  police.  An  application  shall  state  the  full  name,  date of birth,
  residence, present occupation of each person or individual  signing  the
  same,  whether  or  not he is a citizen of the United States, whether or
  not he complies with  each  requirement  for  eligibility  specified  in
  subdivision  one of this section and such other facts as may be required
  to show the good character, competency and integrity of each  person  or
  individual  signing  the application. An application shall be signed and
  verified by the applicant. Each individual signing an application  shall
  submit  one photograph of himself and a duplicate for each required copy
  of the application. Such photographs shall have been taken within thirty
  days prior to filing the application. In case of a license  as  gunsmith
  or  dealer  in  firearms,  the photographs submitted shall be two inches
  square, and the application shall also state the previous occupation  of
  each  individual  signing the same and the location of the place of such
  business, or of the bureau, agency, subagency, office or  branch  office
  for  which  the license is sought, specifying the name of the city, town
  or village, indicating the street and number and otherwise  giving  such
  apt description as to point out reasonably the location thereof. In such
  case,  if the applicant is a firm, partnership or corporation, its name,
  date and place of formation, and principal place of  business  shall  be
  stated.  For  such  firm or partnership, the application shall be signed
  and verified by each individual composing or intending  to  compose  the
  same, and for such corporation, by each officer thereof.
    (b)   Application   for   an  exemption  under  paragraph  seven-b  of
  subdivision a of section 265.20 of this chapter. Each applicant desiring
  to obtain the exemption set forth in paragraph seven-b of subdivision  a
  of  section 265.20 of this chapter shall make such request in writing of
  the licensing officer with whom his application for a license is  filed,
  at  the  time  of  filing such application. Such request shall include a
  signed and verified statement by the person authorized to  instruct  and
  supervise the applicant, that has met with the applicant and that he has
  determined  that,  in his judgment, said applicant does not appear to be
  or poses a threat to be, a danger to himself  or  to  others.  He  shall
  include  a copy of his certificate as an instructor in small arms, if he
  is required to be certified, and state his address and telephone number.
  He shall specify the exact  location  by  name,  address  and  telephone
  number  where  such  instruction will take place. Such licensing officer
  shall, no later than ten business days after such  filing,  request  the
  duly   constituted   police  authorities  of  the  locality  where  such

  application is made to investigate and ascertain any  previous  criminal
  record  of  the  applicant pursuant to subdivision four of this section.
  Upon completion of this investigation, the police authority shall report
  the  results  to  the  licensing  officer without unnecessary delay. The
  licensing officer shall no  later  than  ten  business  days  after  the
  receipt  of  such  investigation,  determine  if  the applicant has been
  previously denied a  license,  been  convicted  of  a  felony,  or  been
  convicted  of  a  serious  offense, and either approve or disapprove the
  applicant for exemption purposes based upon such determinations. If  the
  applicant  is  approved  for  the exemption, the licensing officer shall
  notify the appropriate  duly  constituted  police  authorities  and  the
  applicant.  Such  exemption  shall  terminate if the application for the
  license is denied, or at any earlier time  based  upon  any  information
  obtained  by the licensing officer or the appropriate police authorities
  which  would  cause  the  license  to  be  denied.  The  applicant   and
  appropriate   police   authorities   shall   be  notified  of  any  such
  terminations.
    4. Investigation. Before a license is issued or renewed,  there  shall
  be an investigation of all statements required in the application by the
  duly   constituted   police  authorities  of  the  locality  where  such
  application is made. For that purpose, the records  of  the  appropriate
  office  of  the  department  of  mental  hygiene  concerning previous or
  present  mental  illness  of  the  applicant  shall  be  available   for
  inspection  by  the  investigating  officer  of the police authority. In
  order to ascertain  any  previous  criminal  record,  the  investigating
  officer  shall  take  the  fingerprints and physical descriptive data in
  quadruplicate of each individual by whom the application is  signed  and
  verified.  Two  copies  of  such fingerprints shall be taken on standard
  fingerprint cards eight inches square, and one copy may be  taken  on  a
  card  supplied  for that purpose by the federal bureau of investigation;
  provided, however, that in the case of a corporate  applicant  that  has
  already  been issued a dealer in firearms license and seeks to operate a
  firearm dealership at a second  or  subsequent  location,  the  original
  fingerprints on file may be used to ascertain any criminal record in the
  second  or  subsequent  application unless any of the corporate officers
  have changed  since  the  prior  application,  in  which  case  the  new
  corporate  officer  shall  comply  with  procedures governing an initial
  application for such license. When completed, one standard card shall be
  forwarded to and retained by the division of criminal  justice  services
  in  the  executive  department, at Albany. A search of the files of such
  division and written notification of the results of the  search  to  the
  investigating   officer   shall   be  made  without  unnecessary  delay.
  Thereafter, such division shall notify the  licensing  officer  and  the
  executive  department, division of state police, Albany, of any criminal
  record of the applicant filed therein subsequent to the  search  of  its
  files. A second standard card, or the one supplied by the federal bureau
  of  investigation, as the case may be, shall be forwarded to that bureau
  at Washington with a request that the files of the  bureau  be  searched
  and   notification  of  the  results  of  the  search  be  made  to  the
  investigating police authority. The failure or refusal  of  the  federal
  bureau  of  investigation  to make the fingerprint check provided for in
  this section shall not constitute the sole basis for refusal to issue  a
  permit  pursuant to the provisions of this section. Of the remaining two
  fingerprint cards, one shall be filed  with  the  executive  department,
  division  of state police, Albany, within ten days after issuance of the
  license, and the other remain on  file  with  the  investigating  police
  authority.  No  such  fingerprints  may be inspected by any person other
  than a peace officer, who is acting pursuant to his special duties, or a

  police officer, except on order of a judge or  justice  of  a  court  of
  record  either  upon  notice  to  the licensee or without notice, as the
  judge  or  justice  may  deem  appropriate.  Upon  completion   of   the
  investigation,  the  police  authority  shall  report the results to the
  licensing officer without unnecessary delay.
    4-a. Processing of license  applications.  Applications  for  licenses
  shall be accepted for processing by the licensing officer at the time of
  presentment.  Except  upon  written notice to the applicant specifically
  stating the reasons for any delay, in each case  the  licensing  officer
  shall  act  upon  any application for a license pursuant to this section
  within six months of the date of presentment of such an  application  to
  the  appropriate  authority.  Such  delay may only be for good cause and
  with respect to the  applicant.  In  acting  upon  an  application,  the
  licensing   officer  shall  either  deny  the  application  for  reasons
  specifically and concisely stated in writing or  grant  the  application
  and issue the license applied for.
    4-b.  Westchester  county  firearms  safety course certificate. In the
  county of Westchester, at the time of application, the licensing officer
  to which the license application is made shall provide  a  copy  of  the
  safety  course booklet to each license applicant. Before such license is
  issued, such licensing officer shall require that the applicant submit a
  certificate of successful completion of a  firearms  safety  course  and
  test  issued  in  his  or  her  name and endorsed and affirmed under the
  penalties of perjury by a duly authorized instructor.
    5. Filing of approved applications. The application for  any  license,
  if  granted,  shall  be filed by the licensing officer with the clerk of
  the county of issuance, except that in the city of New York and, in  the
  counties  of  Nassau  and Suffolk, the licensing officer shall designate
  the place of filing in the appropriate division, bureau or unit  of  the
  police department thereof, and in the county of Suffolk the county clerk
  is hereby authorized to transfer all records or applications relating to
  firearms to the licensing authority of that county. The name and address
  of  any  person  to whom an application for any license has been granted
  shall be a public record. Upon application by a licensee who has changed
  his place of residence such records or applications shall be transferred
  to the appropriate officer at the licensee's new place of  residence.  A
  duplicate  copy  of  such  application  shall  be filed by the licensing
  officer in the executive department, division of state  police,  Albany,
  within  ten  days  after  issuance  of  the  license.  Nothing  in  this
  subdivision shall be construed to change the expiration date or term  of
  such licenses if otherwise provided for in law.
    6.  License:  validity.  Any  license  issued pursuant to this section
  shall be valid notwithstanding  the  provisions  of  any  local  law  or
  ordinance.    No  license  shall  be transferable to any other person or
  premises. A license to carry  or  possess  a  pistol  or  revolver,  not
  otherwise  limited as to place or time of possession, shall be effective
  throughout the state, except that the same shall not be valid within the
  city of New York unless a special permit granting validity is issued  by
  the  police  commissioner of that city. Such license to carry or possess
  shall be valid within the city of New York in the absence  of  a  permit
  issued  by  the  police commissioner of that city, provided that (a) the
  firearms covered by such license have been  purchased  from  a  licensed
  dealer within the city of New York and are being transported out of said
  city  forthwith  and  immediately  from said dealer by the licensee in a
  locked container during a continuous and uninterrupted trip; or provided
  that (b) the firearms covered by such license are being  transported  by
  the  licensee in a locked container and the trip through the city of New
  York is continuous and uninterrupted; or provided that (c) the  firearms

  covered  by  such  license  are  carried  by armored car security guards
  transporting money or other valuables, in, to, or  from  motor  vehicles
  commonly  known  as armored cars, during the course of their employment;
  or  provided that (d) the licensee is a retired police officer as police
  officer is defined pursuant to subdivision thirty-four of  section  1.20
  of  the  criminal  procedure  law  or  a retired federal law enforcement
  officer, as defined in section 2.15 of the criminal procedure  law,  who
  has  been issued a license by an authorized licensing officer as defined
  in subdivision ten of section 265.00 of this chapter; provided, further,
  however, that if such license was not issued in the city of New York  it
  must  be  marked  "Retired  Police  Officer"  or  "Retired  Federal  Law
  Enforcement Officer", as the case may be, and, in the case of a  retired
  officer the license shall be deemed to permit only police or federal law
  enforcement  regulations weapons; or provided that (e) the licensee is a
  peace officer described in subdivision  four  of  section  2.10  of  the
  criminal procedure law and the license, if issued by other than the city
  of New York, is marked "New York State Tax Department Peace Officer" and
  in  such  case  the  exemption shall apply only to the firearm issued to
  such licensee by the department of taxation and finance.  A  license  as
  gunsmith  or  dealer  in firearms shall not be valid outside the city or
  county, as the case may be, where issued.
    7. License: form. Any license issued pursuant to this  section  shall,
  except  in  the  city  of  New  York,  be  approved  as  to  form by the
  superintendent of state police. A license to carry or possess  a  pistol
  or  revolver shall have attached the licensee's photograph, and a coupon
  which shall be removed and retained by any person disposing of a firearm
  to the licensee. Such  license  shall  specify  the  weapon  covered  by
  calibre, make, model, manufacturer's name and serial number, or if none,
  by  any  other  distinguishing  number or identification mark, and shall
  indicate whether issued to  carry  on  the  person  or  possess  on  the
  premises,  and if on the premises shall also specify the place where the
  licensee shall possess the same. If such license is issued to an  alien,
  or to a person not a citizen of and usually a resident in the state, the
  licensing  officer  shall state in the license the particular reason for
  the issuance and the  names  of  the  persons  certifying  to  the  good
  character  of  the  applicant.  Any  license  as  gunsmith  or dealer in
  firearms shall mention and describe the premises for which it is  issued
  and shall be valid only for such premises.
    8.  License:  exhibition  and display. Every licensee while carrying a
  pistol or revolver shall have on his or her person a  license  to  carry
  the  same.  Every  person  licensed  to  possess a pistol or revolver on
  particular premises  shall  have  the  license  for  the  same  on  such
  premises.  Upon demand, the license shall be exhibited for inspection to
  any peace officer, who is acting pursuant to his or her special  duties,
  or  police officer. A license as gunsmith or dealer in firearms shall be
  prominently displayed on the licensed premises. A gunsmith or dealer  of
  firearms  may  conduct business temporarily at a location other than the
  location specified on the license if  such  temporary  location  is  the
  location  for  a  gun show or event sponsored by any national, state, or
  local organization, or any affiliate of any such organization devoted to
  the collection, competitive use or other sporting use of  firearms.  Any
  sale  or  transfer at a gun show must also comply with the provisions of
  article thirty-nine-DD of the general business law. Records  of  receipt
  and  disposition  of  firearms  transactions conducted at such temporary
  location shall include the location of the sale or other disposition and
  shall be entered in the permanent records of the gunsmith or  dealer  of
  firearms  and retained on the location specified on the license. Nothing
  in this section shall authorize any licensee to  conduct  business  from

  any  motorized or towed vehicle. A separate fee shall not be required of
  a licensee with respect to business conducted  under  this  subdivision.
  Any inspection or examination of inventory or records under this section
  at  such temporary location shall be limited to inventory consisting of,
  or records related to, firearms  held  or  disposed  at  such  temporary
  locations.  Failure  of any licensee to so exhibit or display his or her
  license, as the case may be, shall be presumptive evidence  that  he  or
  she is not duly licensed.
    9.  License:  amendment.  Elsewhere  than  in  the city of New York, a
  person licensed to carry or possess a pistol or revolver  may  apply  at
  any  time  to  his  licensing  officer  for  amendment of his license to
  include one or more  such  weapons  or  to  cancel  weapons  held  under
  license.  If  granted,  a record of the amendment describing the weapons
  involved shall be filed  by  the  licensing  officer  in  the  executive
  department, division of state police, Albany. Notification of any change
  of  residence  shall  be made in writing by any licensee within ten days
  after such change occurs, and a record of such change shall be inscribed
  by such licensee on the reverse side of his license. Elsewhere  than  in
  the  city  of  New York, and in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, such
  notification shall be made to  the  executive  department,  division  of
  state  police,  Albany,  and  in  the  city  of  New  York to the police
  commissioner of that city, and in the county of  Nassau  to  the  police
  commissioner  of  that  county,  and  in  the  county  of Suffolk to the
  licensing officer of that county, who shall, within ten days after  such
  notification  shall  be  received by him, give notice in writing of such
  change to the executive department, division of state police, at Albany.
    10. License: expiration, certification and renewal.  Any  license  for
  gunsmith or dealer in firearms and, in the city of New York, any license
  to carry or possess a pistol or revolver, issued at any time pursuant to
  this  section  or  prior  to  the  first  day  of July, nineteen hundred
  sixty-three and not limited to expire on an earlier date  fixed  in  the
  license,  shall  expire  not  more  than  three  years after the date of
  issuance. In the  counties  of  Nassau,  Suffolk  and  Westchester,  any
  license  to  carry  or  possess a pistol or revolver, issued at any time
  pursuant to this section or prior to the first  day  of  July,  nineteen
  hundred  sixty-three  and not limited to expire on an earlier date fixed
  in the license, shall expire not more than five years after the date  of
  issuance;  however, in the county of Westchester, any such license shall
  be certified  prior  to  the  first  day  of  April,  two  thousand,  in
  accordance with a schedule to be contained in regulations promulgated by
  the commissioner of the division of criminal justice services, and every
  such  license  shall  be  recertified  every  five years thereafter. For
  purposes of this section certification  shall  mean  that  the  licensee
  shall  provide  to the licensing officer the following information only:
  current name, date of birth,  current  address,  and  the  make,  model,
  caliber  and  serial  number  of  all firearms currently possessed. Such
  certification information shall be filed by the licensing officer in the
  same manner as an amendment. Elsewhere than in the city of New York  and
  the counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester, any license to carry or
  possess  a  pistol  or  revolver,  issued  at  any time pursuant to this
  section or prior to the first day of July, nineteen hundred  sixty-three
  and  not  previously  revoked or cancelled, shall be in force and effect
  until revoked as herein provided. Any license not  previously  cancelled
  or  revoked shall remain in full force and effect for thirty days beyond
  the stated expiration date on such license. Any application to  renew  a
  license that has not previously expired, been revoked or cancelled shall
  thereby  extend  the  term  of  the  license  until  disposition  of the
  application by the licensing officer. In  the  case  of  a  license  for

  gunsmith  or dealer in firearms, in counties having a population of less
  than two hundred  thousand  inhabitants,  photographs  and  fingerprints
  shall  be submitted on original applications and upon renewal thereafter
  only  at  six  year  intervals. Upon satisfactory proof that a currently
  valid original license has been despoiled,  lost  or  otherwise  removed
  from  the  possession of the licensee and upon application containing an
  additional photograph of the licensee, the licensing officer shall issue
  a duplicate license.
    11. License: revocation and suspension. The conviction of  a  licensee
  anywhere of a felony or serious offense shall operate as a revocation of
  the  license.  A  license may be revoked or suspended as provided for in
  section 530.14 of the criminal procedure law or  section  eight  hundred
  forty-two-a  of  the  family  court  act.  Except  for  a license issued
  pursuant to section 400.01 of this article, a license may be revoked and
  cancelled at any time in the city of New York, and in  the  counties  of
  Nassau  and Suffolk, by the licensing officer, and elsewhere than in the
  city of New York by any judge or justice of a court of record; a license
  issued pursuant to section 400.01 of this article  may  be  revoked  and
  cancelled  at  any time by the licensing officer or any judge or justice
  of a court of record. The official revoking a license shall give written
  notice thereof without unnecessary delay to  the  executive  department,
  division  of state police, Albany, and shall also notify immediately the
  duly constituted police authorities of the locality.
    12. Records required of gunsmiths and dealers in firearms. Any  person
  licensed  as  gunsmith  or  dealer  in firearms shall keep a record book
  approved  as  to  form,  except  in  the  city  of  New  York,  by   the
  superintendent  of  state police. In the record book shall be entered at
  the time of every transaction involving a firearm the date,  name,  age,
  occupation  and  residence of any person from whom a firearm is received
  or to whom a  firearm  is  delivered,  and  the  calibre,  make,  model,
  manufacturer's   name   and   serial  number,  or  if  none,  any  other
  distinguishing number or identification mark  on  such  firearm.  Before
  delivering  a  firearm  to any person, the licensee shall require him to
  produce either a license valid under this section to  carry  or  possess
  the  same,  or proof of lawful authority as an exempt person pursuant to
  section 265.20. In addition, before delivering  a  firearm  to  a  peace
  officer,  the  licensee  shall  verify  that  person's status as a peace
  officer  with  the  division  of  state  police.  After  completing  the
  foregoing,  the licensee shall remove and retain the attached coupon and
  enter in the record book the date of such license, number, if  any,  and
  name of the licensing officer, in the case of the holder of a license to
  carry  or possess, or the shield or other number, if any, assignment and
  department, unit or agency,  in  the  case  of  an  exempt  person.  The
  original  transaction report shall be forwarded to the division of state
  police within ten days of delivering a firearm  to  any  person,  and  a
  duplicate  copy  shall be kept by the licensee. The record book shall be
  maintained on the premises mentioned and described in  the  license  and
  shall  be  open  at  all  reasonable  hours  for inspection by any peace
  officer, acting pursuant to his special duties, or  police  officer.  In
  the  event  of cancellation or revocation of the license for gunsmith or
  dealer in firearms, or discontinuance of business by  a  licensee,  such
  record book shall be immediately surrendered to the licensing officer in
  the  city  of  New  York, and in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, and
  elsewhere in the state to the executive department,  division  of  state
  police.
    12-a.  State  police  regulations  applicable  to  licensed  gunsmiths
  engaged in the business of assembling  or  manufacturing  firearms.  The
  superintendent  of state police is hereby authorized to issue such rules

  and regulations as he deems reasonably necessary to  prevent  the  manu-
  facture  and  assembly  of  unsafe firearms in the state. Such rules and
  regulations shall establish safety standards  in  regard  to  the  manu-
  facture  and assembly of firearms in the state, including specifications
  as to materials and parts used,  the  proper  storage  and  shipment  of
  firearms,  and  minimum standards of quality control. Regulations issued
  by the state police pursuant to this  subdivision  shall  apply  to  any
  person licensed as a gunsmith under this section engaged in the business
  of manufacturing or assembling firearms, and any violation thereof shall
  subject  the  licensee  to revocation of license pursuant to subdivision
  eleven of this section.
    12-c. Firearms records. (a) Every employee of a state or local agency,
  unit of local government,  state  or  local  commission,  or  public  or
  private  organization  who  possesses  a firearm or machine-gun under an
  exemption to  the  licensing  requirements  under  this  chapter,  shall
  promptly  report in writing to his employer the make, model, calibre and
  serial number of each such firearm or  machine-gun.  Thereafter,  within
  ten  days of the acquisition or disposition of any such weapon, he shall
  furnish such information to his employer, including the name and address
  of the person from whom the weapon  was  acquired  or  to  whom  it  was
  disposed.
    (b)  Every  head of a state or local agency, unit of local government,
  state or  local  commission,  public  authority  or  public  or  private
  organization  to  whom  an  employee  has submitted a report pursuant to
  paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall promptly forward such report  to
  the superintendent of state police.
    (c)  Every  head of a state or local agency, unit of local government,
  state or local commission, public authority, or any other  agency,  firm
  or corporation that employs persons who may lawfully possess firearms or
  machine-guns  without  the  requirement  of  a license therefor, or that
  employs persons licensed to  possess  firearms  or  machine-guns,  shall
  promptly  report  to  the  superintendent of state police, in the manner
  prescribed by him, the make, model, calibre and serial number  of  every
  firearm or machine-gun possessed by it on the effective date of this act
  for  the  use of such employees or for any other use. Thereafter, within
  ten days of the acquisition or disposition of any such weapon, such head
  shall report such information to the superintendent of the state police,
  including the name and address of the person from whom  the  weapon  was
  acquired or to whom it was disposed.
    13.  Expenses. The expense of providing a licensing officer with blank
  applications, licenses and record books for carrying out the  provisions
  of this section shall be a charge against the county, and in the city of
  New York against the city.
    14. Fees. In the city of New York and the county of Nassau, the annual
  license fee shall be twenty-five dollars for gunsmiths and fifty dollars
  for  dealers  in  firearms.  In  such  city, the city council and in the
  county of Nassau the Board of  Supervisors  shall  fix  the  fee  to  be
  charged  for  a  license  to  carry  or possess a pistol or revolver and
  provide for the disposition of such fees. Elsewhere in  the  state,  the
  licensing  officer  shall  collect  and pay into the county treasury the
  following fees: for each  license  to  carry  or  possess  a  pistol  or
  revolver,  not  less than three dollars nor more than ten dollars as may
  be determined by the legislative body of the county; for each  amendment
  thereto,  three  dollars, and five dollars in the county of Suffolk; and
  for each license issued  to  a  gunsmith  or  dealer  in  firearms,  ten
  dollars.  The fee for a duplicate license shall be five dollars. The fee
  for processing  a  license  transfer  between  counties  shall  be  five
  dollars.  The  fee  for  processing  a  license or renewal thereof for a

  qualified  retired  police  officer   as   defined   under   subdivision
  thirty-four  of  section  1.20  of  the  criminal  procedure  law,  or a
  qualified retired sheriff, undersheriff, or deputy sheriff of  the  city
  of  New  York  as  defined  under subdivision two of section 2.10 of the
  criminal procedure  law,  or  a  qualified  retired  bridge  and  tunnel
  officer,  sergeant  or  lieutenant  of  the triborough bridge and tunnel
  authority as defined under subdivision twenty of  section  2.10  of  the
  criminal  procedure  law, or a qualified retired uniformed court officer
  in the unified court system, or a qualified retired court clerk  in  the
  unified  court  system  in the first and second judicial departments, as
  defined in paragraphs a and b of subdivision twenty-one of section  2.10
  of the criminal procedure law or a retired correction officer as defined
  in subdivision twenty-five of section 2.10 of the criminal procedure law
  shall be waived in all counties throughout the state.
    15.  Any violation by any person of any provision of this section is a
  class A misdemeanor.
    16. Unlawful disposal. No person shall except as otherwise  authorized
  pursuant to law dispose of any firearm unless he is licensed as gunsmith
  or dealer in firearms.
    17.  Applicability  of  section. The provisions of article two hundred
  sixty-five of this chapter relating to illegal possession of a  firearm,
  shall not apply to an offense which also constitutes a violation of this
  section  by  a  person  holding  an  otherwise  valid  license under the
  provisions of this section and such offense shall only be punishable  as
  a  class  A  misdemeanor  pursuant  to  this  section.  In addition, the
  provisions of such article two hundred sixty-five of this chapter  shall
  not  apply  to  the possession of a firearm in a place not authorized by
  law, by a person who holds an otherwise valid license or possession of a
  firearm by a person within a one year period after the stated expiration
  date of an  otherwise  valid  license  which  has  not  been  previously
  cancelled  or  revoked shall only be punishable as a class A misdemeanor
  pursuant to this section.