Helming, Ortt call on Cuomo to extend pistol recertification deadline

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Senator Pam Helming and Senator Rob Ortt are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the pistol recertification deadline.

In a letter to the Governor signed by 23 of their Senate and Assembly colleagues, Helming and Ortt outlined their concerns, most notably that dealing with pistol permit recertification has proven to be a massive problem for law-abiding gun owners and County Clerks’ and Sheriffs’ offices throughout the state.

Additionally, they believe an extension to the pistol permit deadline would allow the County Clerks and Sheriffs of this state the appropriate amount of time to process recertification requests.

If a permit was issued before January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit a recertification is January 31, 2018. If a permit was issued on or after January 15, 2013, the deadline to recertify is five years from the date the permit was issued. This creates a disparity and confusion for County Clerks, Sheriffs, and those who were issued a permit during the second half of January 2013.

As outlined in the New York SAFE Act, pistol permit holders who fail to recertify their licenses by the January 31 deadline will have their licenses revoked. There are currently about 1.2 million pistol permit holders in New York State, but only around 230,000 have recertified as of Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – about 19 percent of all pistol permit holders in New York State. Extending the action will help law-abiding gun owners comply with the current law without the risk of turning them into felons overnight.

Senator Helming and Senator Ortt also co-sponsor legislation (S.7343) that would grant pistol licensees with licenses issued prior to January 15, 2013 additional time to recertify their licenses under the provisions of the SAFE Act. This bill is currently pending in the Senate’s Codes Committee.

For questions regarding the status of a pistol permit, individuals can visit https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces or call Senator Helming’s district office at (315) 568-9816 or Senator Ortt’s district office at (716) 434-0680.


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