Cayuga County Sheriff won’t be enforcing pistol permit deadline

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The deadline to re-certify pistol permits is quickly approaching at the end of the month and one local sheriff is speaking out, saying he won’t be enforcing the date. 

“We have over 12,000 registered pistol permit owners in Cayuga County and we have 2,200 that have re-certified under the new SAFE Act,” said Sheriff David Gould, Cayuga County. “Some people truly do not even know about the SAFE Act and certainly do not know about recertification.”

He says he will wait months before holding people accountable.

“February 1st, March 1st, or April 1st, I will not send my deputies out in Cayuga County to arrest someone or to take someone’s weapons,” said Sheriff Gould.

Part of the reason, Sheriff Gould says, is the punishment. If you don’t re-certify, permit holders will have to surrender their license as well as all fire arms.

“Some people have dozens of rifles, shot guns… I would never send my deputies to re-possess or to take these weapons from people. The good citizens that have followed the law their whole lives and then all of a sudden the law changes and now there’s a deadline, where people have to certify,” said Sheriff Gould, “I know it’s a law, and I swore to obey the law and I will. But that doesn’t mean I’ve got to obey the law at a certain date.”

If you would like to re-certify, click here.

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