We represent New York gun owners with pistol license issues. If you have been denied a pistol license in Suffolk County or Nassau County, or if your license has been suspended or revoked, please call us and speak with us, for free, about your rights.
We also litigate Second Amendment and other Constitutional Law issues in Federal courts.
To learn more about administrative hearings and Article 78 proceedings to restore your pistol license, please view our Article 78 Proceedings page.
An interview with James D. Murtha was published in Newsday on April 6, 2014 regarding the successful lawsuits he filed against the Nassau County police commissioner for routinely taking longer than 18 months to issue pistol licenses in violation of New York state law.
2008 – Historical Second Amendment Ruling in New York State Supreme Court
MURTHA & MURTHA, PLLC was the first law firm in New York to have brought an action in New York State Supreme Court under District of Columbia v Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), which held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. The judge held that the Suffolk County Pistol License Bureau’s requirement that a handgun be rendered inoperable, or locked in such a manner so that it is not immediately accessible when possessed in the owner’s dwelling, transgressed upon the petitioner’s constitutional right to bear arms, because the Second Amendment recognizes that the right to bear arms includes a corollary right to self-defense. “Simply put, the State of New York and its agencies are no longer in a position to require that a handgun be stored in an inoperable condition or otherwise locked up if it is otherwise legally present in the owner’s dwelling.”
2008 – Radio Broadcast – NRA News Radio
Tune in on November 7, 2008, for an interview on NRA News’ Cam & Company, Sirius Radio channel 144 with attorney James D. Murtha regarding recent developments in Second Amendment law in New York State, with a discussion of recent decisions he has successfully obtained, and their impact on gun owners’ rights in the State of New York.