Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective members, new members and those people wishing to participate in DCPA activities often have questions.
This document may help answer some of your questions.
If in doubt on any question, please contact a Club Officer or Board Member.
Also, note that the foregoing is for reference only and should not be solely relied upon as legal advice.
Firearms laws are subject to frequent change, and furthermore, are subject to court interpretation.
Therefore this information is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of the law.
To determine the applicability of these laws to specific situations which you may encounter, you must consult a local attorney.
In addition to state laws, the purchase, sale, possession, use and transportation of firearms is also regulated by federal and, furthermore, by local laws.
This information does not include or address federal and local laws.
Here are some of the most common inquiries:
Q: How can I obtain a pistol permit?
Q: Now that I have my pistol permit, what gun should I purchase?
Q: How can I obtain non-resident pistol permits?
Q: I want to order/transfer a gun and need an FFL dealer. Does the Club know of any FFL dealers? Are there any in the Club?
Q: Do you know any one who gives firearm appraisals or evaluations for insurance and estate planning purposes?
Q: How are membership dues and work hour assessments prorated?
Q: I am a beginner, but I am interested in joining one (or more) of the shooting sports or competitions at the club. How do I do this? Which activity should I look into?
Q: Is there a basic pistol shooting manual that you recommend?
Q: Is there a web site that offers introductory information to the sport, as well as tips?
Q: What do I need to know about scoring in a 2700 or International match?
Q: How do I know if a particular DCPA range is open or closed at any particular time?
Q: How can I bring my guns to a match in NY if I'm coming from out-of-state?
Q: What forms of payment can be used to become a member of DCPA, pay dues/assessments or to pay for match fees?
Q: What is involved in being a Range Officer at a Match?
Q: What information do you have on NY State and other state gun laws?
Pistol licenses are issued by the county in which you reside in NY.
Licensing is handled by either the County Sheriff or the County Clerk.
Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office
150 North Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 486-3800
Web Site: Dutchess County Sheriff
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
85 Industrial Tract
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: (518) 828-0601 x 1414
Web Site: Columbia County Sheriff
Greene County Sheriff’s Office
80 Bridge Street
Catskill, NY 12414
Phone: (518) 943-3300
Web Site: Greene County Sheriff
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
110 Wells Farm Road
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: (845) 291-4033
Web Site: Orange County Sheriff
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
3 County Center
Carmel, NY 10512
Phone: (845) 225-4300
Web Site: Putnam County Sheriff
Rockland County Clerk's Office
1 South Main Street, Suite 100
New City, NY 10956
Web Site: Rockland County Clerk
Sullivan County Clerk's Office
100 North Street
Monticello, NY 12701
Web Site: Sullivan County Clerk
Ulster County Sheriff’s Office
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 340-3639
Web Site: Ulster County Sheriff
Westchester County Clerk's Office
110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 995-3080
Web Site: Westchester County Clerk
It really depends on the type of shooting you want to do.
Did you buy the gun for self-defense, to plink, or to shoot one of the activities that DCPA offers?
We will address the last scenario... a starter pistol for new members.
Here is a list of suggestions for .22 caliber handguns:
Many states offer non-resident Pistol Permits.
The most popular Non-Resident Pistol Licenses to obtain are Forida and Utah.
The reason for this is because there are a great number of states that honor the Florida and Utah Licenses.
Click here: Florida Concealed Weapon License
Click here: Utah Concealed Firearm Permit
You can obtain your Florida License on your own, but you must take a safety class with a Utah Instructor in order to obtain your Utah Permit.
For more information on State Laws and Pistol License Recpirocity please visit these site:
Handgun Laws Web Site
USA Carry Web Site (with interactive map)
Yes, you may contact one of the following:
Yes, you may contact the following:
The Firing Line - Poughkeepsie, NY
Web Site: The Firing Line
Click here for the Dues Assessment PDF document.
New shooters are always welcome in any of the sports or competition leagues and matches and weekly activities.
Depending on the type of shooting you are interested in, DCPA offers a wide variety of matches, practices and leagues and also open shooting and plinking.
DCPA offers IDPA, Cowboy, IPSC, NRA 2700 Conventional, International, Field Target, Silhouette (for Juniors), and PAL.
DCPA understands how hard it is to transition into some of the programs offered at our Club.
To fill this void, DCPA is incorporating what we believe will be helpful programs to:
AN INTRODUCTION TO BULLSEYE will help you become familiar with, and transition to, some of the Club’s programs and procedures, and give you shooting tips so that you can become a more proficient shooter and get you acquainted with proper range etiquette.
Instructors will be on hand to help you transition to bullesye shooting.
That style of shooting incorporates Slow, Timed and Rapid fire using 25 yard turning targets.
Bring your .22 or center fire guns with 100 rounds of ammo.
We will help you sight-in your handgun, obtain your proper stance, grip and trigger control.
This program will transition you from what you learned at the Basic NRA Safety Class and incorporate more formal shooting fundamentals and also teach you how to score.
If you are interested in basic shooting, come to the Monday night or Wednesday night shoots.
These informal practices are good events to learn to shoot on turning targets and people are available to help you.
These events also help prepare you to shoot 2700 Conventional and International competitions.
Here is a site to help you understand the "Bullseye" 2700 type of shooting: www.bullseyepistol.com
The PAL league is a good place to learn and practice for IPSC and IDPA.
For the different types of shooting, select the link for the type of shooting you are interested in from the navigation menu on the left side of our web site.
They are all listed under Weekly Activities.
If you have questions, call the coordinator of the event or simply stop by the Club when a particular shoot you are interested in is in session.
Yes, here is the web site for the Army Marksmanship Unit's Pistol Training Guide.
This manual is considered the "Bible" of Bullseye Pistol shooting.
No one serious about the game of shooting should miss the information in this booklet.
Yes, try www.bullseyepistol.com.
It has introductory as well as tips, for the following:
- New members and beginners with little or no formal shooting
- Intermediates with some informal and formal shooting
- Those shooters who want to increase their skills
- Those wanting to get acquainted with bullseye shooting and other DCPA programs
Please refer to these helpful links:
- Facts and Figures About Red Dot ...
- The Custom-Built Bullseye Handgun
- The Essential Equipment
- American Rifleman's Bullseye Basics
- Actual Training Guide
- Get Into Bullseye Pistol Shooting
- Error Analysis and Correction
- Reloading Data for Pistol ...
NRA Conventional Pistol Rules
NRA International Pistol Rules
Check the DCPA Calendar on this web site.
It can be found by clicking on the Calendar link in the navigation menu on the left side of the page.
You may also refer to the Schedule of Events PDF also found on the Calendar page.
In addition, when there is a work party, all ranges are closed from 9 to 3.
You can also call the Secretary, who is the "keeper of the calendar".
For the Secretary’s contact information, please refer to the Officers and Directors document posted on the Contact Us page.
Many shooters routinely come to matches in NY from all across the country with no problem.
Bring a copy of the match bulletin with you.
Follow your own State’s rules and regulations and NY State Laws regarding transportation.
There are specific laws for New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo.
Basically, guns must be unloaded and in a closed locked container (like your gun box) and out of your immediate reach (in the trunk).
Ammunition must be in a separate locked box (don't leave boxes of ammo or loaded magazines in the bottom of your gun box).
You can pay by check, money order, cash or PayPal.
To pay online, use PayPal from the DCPA Web site.
This allows you to use any credit card.
Memberships or dues that are mailed can be by check or money order.
Cash payments will only be accepted when hand delivered to an officer or presented at a monthly meeting.
Match fees can be paid at the match using cash, checks, or NRA points or use PayPal on line from the DCPA web site.
Q: What is involved in being a Range Officer at a Match?
Click here for Range Officer Duties and Responsibilities - Quick Reference.
It describes the duties and responsibilities of the being a range office.
You can volunteer to help at the International or 2700 Conventional matches as a range officer.
(BTW - there are other tasks to do beside Range Officer at these matches.)
Here are some links on NY State and other firearms laws:
Peaceable Journey Law
New York State Firearms Laws
NY State Penal Code - ARTICLE 35--DEFENSE OF JUSTIFICATION