In New York City, the legality of paintball guns is a bit of a gray area. While there is no specific law banning them, they are not considered legal firearms and therefore cannot be carried around in public. If you are caught with a paintball gun in your possession, you may face criminal charges.
Don’t expect to be able to use paintball guns in paintball fields either, as many businesses do not allow them on the premises. If you are thinking about bringing your paintball gun into the city, you should first speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
How to buy a paintball gun in NYC?
In New York City, the only legal way to purchase a paintball gun is from an out-of-state dealer. You must provide proof of a legitimate sale along with a copy of the dealer’s license. As proof, you can submit screenshots from an online purchase or payment receipts provided by a credit card company or bank.
To find out whether there is any other way to legally buy paintball guns in New York City, contact the New York City Police Department (NYPD) directly.
When can you use a paintball gun in NYC?
In New York City, the only legal way to possess a paintball gun is on private property with the consent of a majority of property owners. So if you want to play with friends at your house or shoot for sport on outdoor land, it should be fine. Otherwise, you will be breaking the law and could face criminal charges.
However, you may not be able to use paintball guns on all outdoor playing fields. Some businesses ban them for safety reasons. If you are planning on using your paintball gun at a local sports field or arena, check with the property before bringing it out into public.
How can you carry a paintball gun in NYC?
In New York City, it is illegal to carry a firearm outside of your property, even if it is not loaded. This includes all guns and bullets as well as what the NYPD refers to as ‘dangerous instruments’. The highest penalty for this crime is up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
If you are caught carrying a paintball gun anywhere outside of your property, you could face criminal charges and may even have to pay additional fines for violating the city’s existing laws regarding dangerous instruments.
Where can you carry a paintball gun in NYC?
In New York City, there is no law against carrying a paintball gun within your property. However, if you are traveling between properties, it is against the law to carry around any type of dangerous instrument. This includes paintball guns and other weapons as well as large objects like bats or metal rods.
The penalty for this crime depends on whether you were committing another felony at the time. If the additional crime was a misdemeanor, you could face one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. If the additional crime is classified as a ‘violent’ felony, however (which includes crimes like murder and manslaughter), you may be sentenced to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
If you are planning on carrying any sort of dangerous instrument in New York City, you should contact the New York City Police Department directly for more information.
What to Do If You Get Arrested for Having a Paintball Gun in NYC?
If you are caught in possession of a paintball gun, it is against the law and you could face criminal charges. However, there may be some options available to you depending on your circumstances.
For example, if you were unaware that possessing a paintball gun was illegal or made an honest mistake, your attorney may be able to negotiate for a lighter sentence or even have the charges dropped. New York criminal defense attorneys are experts in navigating these cases and often recommend pleading guilty to lesser charges.
You may also be able to participate in diversion programs, which allow first-time offenders to successfully complete a rehabilitation course rather than face criminal charges. Many times your attorney can help you apply for these programs and may be able to negotiate a lighter penalty in exchange for your participation.
Note: This article does not constitute legal advice and was written for informational purposes only.