Pistol Permit Recertification Deadline Coming Up In The New Year

Legislative Column from Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport)
December 18, 2017

With many of us wrapped up in the hurriedness surrounding the holidays and the New Year, I wanted to remind pistol permit holders of the January 31, 2018 deadline for pistol permit recertification imposed by the governorís SAFE Act. His law requires the recertification of all pistol permits five years after the issuance of your original permit.

The first recertification deadline on January 31, 2018 is for those who were issued permits before January 15, 2013. Those who were issued permits on January 15, 2013 and afterward will have to be mindful to recertify within five years.

The governorís so-called SAFE Act makes it certain that those who fail to register will lose their pistol permit. According to the State Police, nearly 350,000 permit recertification reminder letters have been sent out to pistol owners, but only 175,000 pistol permit holders have recertified so far.

While I continue to believe the governorís gun legislation oversteps the rights outlined by the Bill of Rights, I want to be sure that we work together to prevent lawful citizens from falling into the many traps the governor has written into the law, which, in his mind, give reason to further curtail your Second Amendment rights.

New York pistol permit holders, please visit the New York State Policeís website for further details: https://www.troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/pistol_revolver_license_recertification.php. If you need additional help, you may contact my district office at 315-866-1632 or email me at butlerm@nyassembly.gov.