In New York State, you are required to be a Pistol License holder and have thehandgun in question registered to you in order to simply touch the handgun.
NO ONE CAN LEND YOU A HANDGUN IN NEW YORK!!
1) You cannot touch a handgun for the purposes of selecting one for purchase unless you show the store clerk your License.
2) Two licensed shooters standing side by side at a range cannot exchange handguns for the purpose of target practice with each other's guns.
3) I cannot let an unlicensed person come over my house and hold the handguns licensed to me.
4) This also goes for unlicensed family members, even inMY own home.
By the way, in New York it's called a License to Carry.