Your right to keep and bear arms is a long established and essential right. The framers of the constitution felt so strongly about this right, they enshrined it in the Bill of Rights:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
~ The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
It has also been recognized by New York State in it’s original constitution of 1777:
XL. And whereas it is of the utmost importance to the safety of every State that it should always be in a condition of defence; and it is the duty of every man who enjoys the protection of society to be prepared and willing to defend it; this convention therefore, in the name and by the authority of the good people of this State, doth ordain, determine, and declare that the militia of this State, at all times hereafter, as well in peace as in war, shall be armed and disciplined, and in readiness for service. That all such of the inhabitants of this State being of the people called Quakers as, from scruples of conscience, may be averse to the bearing of arms, be therefrom excused by the legislature; and do pay to the State such sums of money, in lieu of their personal service, as the same; may, in the judgment of the legislature, be worth.And that a proper magazine of warlike stores, proportionate to the number of inhabitants, be, forever hereafter, at the expense of this State, and by acts of the legislature, established, maintained, and continued in every county in this State.
In the current New York State constitution, the right to keep and bear arms has been removed and Article XII now simply reads:
Section 1. The defense and protection of the state and of the United States is an obligation of all persons within the state. The legislature shall provide for the discharge of this obligation and for the maintenance and regulation of an organized militia.
However, it has been placed in the New York State Civil Rights Law, Article II, Section 4:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed.”