LOCKPORT, NY - The pistol permit office at the Niagara County Clerk's office was closed as usual on a Wednesday to give staffers time to catch up on paperwork and computer files for residents applying for or making changes on those documents to own a handgun in New York state.
But there's a lingering issue. There is a mandate under the New York SAFE Act that pistol permit holders who got those permits before 2013 must re-certify either online or with paper forms through the state police.
That has Niagara County Clerk Joe Jastrzemski worried.
"We have over 33,000 pistol permit holders in Niagara County as we speak...and there are a number of them that are pre-2013, so naturally we're concerned," he said.
That concern stems from what he and other county clerks feel is a lack of proper notification and publicity about the recertification requirement that has a deadline several months from now of January 31, 2018.
"Still today there are pistol permit holders pre-2013 who have not received a letter and that are not aware that they should re-certify," he said.
Spokesman Beau Duffy of the New York State Police Public Affairs Office in Albany says a press release was sent out in January saying the recertification website was then active with a posted link of http://troopers.ny.gov/firearms for on-line recertification.
Permit holders would have the option of downloading forms from that site or picking them up in person at a state police station. But we are not aware of any significant publicity campaign for this effort.
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