Peetza make several valid points, and if I may add...please don't confuse upstate with NYC....trust us, WE never confuse one with the other...LOL
Upstate is almost Shall issue, with a few minor exceptions by a few counties, which can place a restriction for target shooting or hunting only, but those are far and away the exceptions to the common practices.
even with the AWB we still have tons of ARs and AKs in NYS and you can still buy them, just without a flash hider and bayonet lug..
heck, I looked at a NIB colt match AR today at gander mountain.
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