New York requires registration of handguns. Long guns do not need to be registered. It is illegal to own an unregistered handgun. It costs $3 to register a firearm. The firearms are registered with the permit to purchase, the sale information, and weapons serial number are recorded. Antique weapons do not need to be registered.
All firearms that New York classifies as "assault weapons have to be registered by January 15, 2014.
Most states do not require owners to register their firearms with the police. A few states only require that certain types of firearms maybe registered, such as assault weapons. Registering your firearm involves fingerprinting, recording the gun's serial number, your name, and address.