BUFFALO—Erie County Legislators Ed Rath, Joe Lorigo, Lynne Dixon, Kevin Hardwick and John Mills introduced a resolution asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the pistol permit recertification deadline. The resolution was introduced into the Erie County Legislature on Jan. 10.
As of Jan. 2, only 21,549 of over 50,000 affected permits had been renewed in Erie County. Due to provisions in the NY SAFE Act, pistol permit holders who received their permit prior to Jan. 15, 2013 must recertify with the New York State Police by Jan. 31, 2018. This is the first year this requirement is in place. If residents fail to renew, their license could be revoked and their firearms could be seized.
“Many people are just learning of this requirement now. We shouldn’t be punishing lawful firearm owners,” Rath said in a press release. “This is a request for an extension so that people have more time to go through the appropriate recertification process. I hope Governor Cuomo will listen to the elected officials and residents from across the state who’ve asked for more time to make sure everyone gets properly recertified.”
Mills added the additional time is needed due to the volume of permits that need to be renewed.
“The residents of Erie County deserve ample time to accomplish this,” Mills said in a press release. “Additional time is needed to allow everyone the opportunity to fulfill this requirement.
Along with Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and his staff, Mills will be hosting a recertification outreach on Jan. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Concord Public LIbrary.
“I understand there are many people who disagree with and are frustrated with the NY SAFE Act. However, with the deadline for recertification fast approaching, I do not want to see any citizen lose their pistol permit because they did not recertify their license,” Kearns said in a press release. “I have made resources available at the County Clerk’s office to assist with re-certification. I encourage all pistol permit holders to recertify as soon as possible.”
Kearns, Mills and staff from the County Clerk’s office will be available to answer any questions regarding the recertification process. Hard copies of the recertification forms will be made available at the outreach.
“I would like to thank Clerk Kearns for hosting these outreaches. Though I strongly disagree with the SAFE Act, it’s important pistol permit holders know the rules and regulations so they can continue to lawfully own their firearms,” said Mills in a press release.
Those needing to recertify can pick up hard copies of the state’s recertification form at each auto bureau in Erie County and at the Pistol Permit Office. The forms must be mailed to the New York State Police, Pistol Permit Bureau, Building 22, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12226-2252.
Additionally, 20 computer stations located at Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo are available with a direct link to the pistol permit recertification website www.troopers.ny.gov/firearms.