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  • Recent Changes to New York State’s Firearm Laws: Resources and Information

    New York State’s Gun Safety website provides the public, gun owners and gun dealers with comprehensive information about requirements under state laws that took effect Sept. 1, 2022. Questions about the new law may be directed to 1-855-LAW-GUNS.

    Gun Safety in New York State >>

    Frequently Asked Questions >>

    Department of Environmental Conservation FAQs >>

    Minimum Standards for Firearm Safety Training >>

  • Update: DCJS to issue revised Securing Reproductive Health Centers Program Request for Proposals

    DCJS plans to issue a revised request for proposals (RFP) that expands eligibility for the $10 million available through the Securing Reproductive Health Centers Program. The agency expects to issue the revised RFP, which will allow nonprofit, public and for-profit organizations to apply for funding, in the near future.

    New York State established the program to improve the safety and security of patients and employees at reproductive health care centers and abortion services providers that may be at risk of crimes or attacks because of their mission, services, ideology or beliefs.

  • Police and Peace Officer Decertification

    A police or peace officer’s basic training certificate is immediately invalidated when an officer is removed for cause by their employer for incompetence or misconduct, or they have resigned or retired while a disciplinary process that could result in their removal has commenced.

    Employers are required by law to report these removals, resignations and retirements to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, which maintains the state’s Central Registry of Police and Peace Officers. DCJS updates this list monthly.

    Decertification list and more about the process >>

  • Professional Policing Act of 2021 Emergency Regulations

    DCJS has issued emergency regulations related to the state’s Professional Policing Act of 2021, which requires minimum hiring standards for police officers and strengthens the process for decertifying a police or peace officer’s training. Permanent adoption of these regulations will occur at a later date.

    Summary >>

    Part 6000: Medical and Physical Fitness Standards and Procedures for Police Officer Candidates >>

    Part 6056: Central State Registry of Police Officers and Peace Officers >>

    Please contact Natasha M. Harvin-Locklear, Esq. (dcjslegalrulemaking@dcjs.ny.gov or 518-457-8413) to obtain the text of the rule and any required statements and analyses.

  • Upcoming amendments to the state Penal Law: Large capacity ammunition feeding devices

    This document outlines amendments to the state Penal Law effective July 6, 2022, and Sept. 4, 2022.

    Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Notice >>

  • Non-New York State convictions that may prohibit firearms possession or obtaining firearm permits

    State law requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to maintain and annually publish a list of non-New York State convictions that include the essential elements of a “serious offense” in New York that may prohibit individuals from possessing firearms or obtaining pistol permits if the non-New York State conviction occurs on or after April 3, 2021.

    Serious Offense List and Additional Information >>