Pistol permit deadline fast approaching for many New Yorkers

Deadline is January 31 for permits issued before January 15, 2013

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Thousands of gun owners in New York are facing a January 31 deadline to re-certify their pistol permits.

If your license was issued before Jan. 15, 2013, when the State's SAFE Act went into effect, then the deadline to re-certify is the end of January and then every five years thereafter.

It is free and can be done in a couple of minutes online or with paper forms available at any State Police location that you fill out and mail in.  

While it's not a county matter, many are going public to alert people of this requirement or clear up any confusion about it.

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood says, "These are good people, they're law abiding people who have these pistol permits and I want them to be in compliance with the law so this doesn't cause them any grief by lack of knowledge of what's going on with the registration of the pistols."

"This recertification is free, its not a charge, they're just trying to do a better job of keeping track of who has firearms."  Madison County Clerk Mike Keville tells NewsChannel 9.

He adds, "One of the things that complicated it for Madison County residents a little bit I think is that we used to have a paper permit and we updated to a laminated card now.  We have a lot of folks who came in and got the new cards but all of that is within the Sheriff's Office that has nothing to do with the recertification process."

The law says clearly not re-certifying by the deadline means your permit will be revoked. While it's unclear how it will be enforced, the Clerk and Sheriff say better not to have to find out.

There are efforts to extend that deadline, but nothing like that has happened yet.    

If your license was issued on or after Jan. 15, 2013, the deadline to re-certify is five years after the date the license was issued and then every five years thereafter.

Click here for FAQ's page from the State Police including links to the form.

Click here for New York State's SAFE Act page dedicated to pistol permit recertification.

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