NYPD Authorizes Registration of ARES SCR Rifles in NYC

ARES SCR Sport Configurable Rifle
ARES SCR Sport Configurable Rifle
ARES Defense Systems
ARES Defense Systems

MELBOURNE, FL –-(Ammoland.com)-  ­ ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces that the NYPD Firearms License Division has completed their review of the ARES SCR rifle and have determined that it is not a military firearm (assault weapon) as defined by NYC law, and is accordingly authorized for registration, to own and possess by qualified residents of New York City.

For those unfamiliar with the situation as it developed in the past few months; the ARES SCR (Sport Configurable Rifle) is a sporting rifle that does not exhibit any banned features as defined in the New York SAFE Act and is therefore considered legal to own and possess in the state of New York. New York City however has additional criteria by which they test firearm classification and the discretion to determine what is an “Assault Weapon” under NYC guidelines.

At first blush, some members of the License Division interpreted the ARES SCR to potentially be a copy of an AR15 type rifle (which is banned in the state), and therefore instituted a temporary prohibition on registering ARES SCR rifles in New York City until they could fairly review the matter and make a final determination as to the ARES SCR classification in NYC.

When they completed their review yesterday, they ruled in favor of allowing registration of the ARES SCR Rifle by qualified residents of New York City.

“Today’s positive news is a significant turn of events, brought about by the diligent efforts of members of the NYPD who worked tirelessly for a fair outcome in a challenging environment.” said Geoffrey Herring, President of ARES Defense and designer of the ARES SCR rifle.

He continued, “I was personally consulted by members of the License Division during their investigation and the professionalism displayed by the NYPD detectives as well as others at NYPD who were involved with this positive decision is second to none. I am very pleased with the outcome and I expect that gun owning residents of New York City will be too. The professionals at NYPD demonstrated that the process works when given a chance. I personally feel a deep sense of gratitude for their tireless efforts and fairness in this matter and would like to thank them for their determination.”

The innovative and patented ARES SCR (Sport Configurable Rifle) is the first of its class of firearms that is not only legal almost anywhere in America, but is the first rifle to successfully combine the traditional lines of a hunting pattern rifle with the modularity of an AR-15 rifle.

The ARES SCR blends strength, reliability, accuracy and rugged all-weather characteristics of America’s longest serving infantry rifle with the classic lines of an American sporter.  Lightweight, accurate and featuring a MIL-STD 1913 flat top upper receiver that accepts most modern optics, the ARES SCR is designed to perform under the most demanding field, competitive shooting or tactical conditions. The multi-caliber, modular design permits the operator to instantly change calibers in the field by simply pressing two pins and exchanging one upper receiver assembly for another.

Designed for optimal configuration, the ARES SCR accepts most Modern Sporting Rifle accessories and parts including magazines, upper receivers, barrels, bolts, handguards and optics, so it can be easily and effectively reconfigured for each individual shooters’ style and activity.  Supported by a full line of performance accessories and manufactured of the highest quality aircraft grade alloys by American craftsmen, the weatherproof and dependable ARES SCR will provide a lifetime of accurate shooting pleasure for all Americans.

ARES SCR Sport Configurable Rifle
ARES SCR Sport Configurable Rifle

ARES SCR – One Rifle, Any Season! 


About ARES Defense

Since its founding in 1997, ARES Defense Systems has focused on the development of military small arms, parts and accessories of unique versatility, innovation and exceptional quality for military, law enforcement and commercial customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, ARES products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast, ARES’ intense dedication to mission critical innovation has resulted in numerous patented advancements resulting in lighter, stronger, better performing weapons and accessories for the operator. To learn more about ARES Defense Systems visit www.aresdefense.com.  Follow ARES Defense on Facebook at facebook.com/aresdefense  and on Twitter @ARESDefense.

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The Goat

Has anyone successfully registered one in NYC yet? I’m really interested in this rifle but dropping $900 to have NYPD come take it away is not my idea of money well spent.


They authorize it huh?
What a joke that cities “leadership” is.


ares as a nyc resident, its been hell. anti gun city….every AR manufactures have try to find the right spec..BUT ARES NAIL IT…. YES…I HAVE A COLD BUD WAITING…..I’m passing THE NEWS YES OF COURSE I’M ORDERING ONE….


NY will ‘allow’ citizens of that fu*ked up state to own this rifle ? They are ‘allowing’ qualified citizens of that fu*ked up state to own this weapon because it’s not a military assault rifle ? Part of my firearms collection is 3 AR15’s,and a DPMS LR10 ! I don’t owned any military assault rifles at all ! ,……(don’t even know what they are,kinda like calling magazines ,clips,and using the term ‘gun violence’ this and that,over and over. A firearm has never committed any violence) But I sure as hell would love to own select fire,full auto ! To the… Read more »


ARES is sure taking a lot of credit for a ton of legwork done by a man named David.

Mad Russian

What they say is great, but I’d like to see the letter published.


Yeah I called the rifle shotgun section about this. They said that “they are still working on it. Call back again”