The SAFE Act has made it a challenge for gun owners to be compliant in New York.

Owners of AR-15’s and other semi-automatic rifles must be in compliance or risk a criminal record. Any AR not registered or made to be compliant will be a Class misdemeanor.

There are a couple options to consider once purchasing an AR-15, AR-10 or other platforms. Keep in mind that New York requires a permanently fixed magazine unless the weapon is featureless, and magazines cannot hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

While you can register your AR, we instead recommend using a fixed magazine solution or going featureless. Our New York-specific product line — AR FIXED MAG, QUICK PINS, PIN PAL, SIDE LOADING and TOP LOADING bundles — are designed and patented to specifically allow owners to be New York compliant without registering their weapon.

Our AR FIXED MAG solution permanently holds in place a 10-round magazine. QUICK PINS will then give the quickest access to top load. Again, New York law requires magazines to be permanently fixed, which then only allows for top or side loading.

The state considers any semi-automatic, centerfire rifle to be an “assault” weapon if it has any of the following:

  • No fixed magazine
  • Pistol grips (beneath action or forward, second handgrip)
  • Thumbhole stock
  • Adjustable stock
  • Grenade launcher or flare launcher
  • Threaded barrel
  • Flash suppressor
  • Bayonet mount
  • Magazine that accepts more than 10 rounds
  • Muzzle brake or compensator

For more about New York’s SAFE Act, click here or here.

At Cross Armory, we are dedicated to making strict gun laws easier to deal with. We work with gun stores all over NY and would be happy to recommend one close to you. Feel free to reach out with any questions at [email protected]. Happy hunting!

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