Weekly Feature

2018-01-17 / Business

Legislators request extension for permit recertification

Erie County Legislators Ed Rath, Joe Lorigo, Kevin Hardwick and John Mills on Thursday introduced a resolution in the Erie County Legislature asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend the pistol permit recertification deadline.

According to the legislators, as of Jan. 2, 21,549 of more than 50,000 affected permits had been renewed in Erie County.

Because of provisions in the NY SAFE Act, pistol permit holders who received their permit prior to Jan. 15, 2013, must recertify with the state police by Jan. 31 of this year.

This is the first year the 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. “This is a request for an extension so that people have more time to go through the appropriate recertification process. I hope Gov. 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.”

Erie County legislators have also organized, with Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns, a series of pistol permit recertification outreaches to help notify residents of the requirement and help them through the process.

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