According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, the important deadline of January 31st is fast approaching. This is the SAFE ACT date by which previous lifetime pistol permit holders must submit their pistol permit recertification to the New York State Police in Albany, NY.
If you obtained a pistol permit before January 15, 2013, then the 31st is the last day when you can submit your recertification. For those of you who obtained a pistol permit after January 15, 2013, then you must recertify by the 5-year anniversary date from when you originally obtained your permit.
Many permit holders are annoyed about this law, and are skeptical of its ultimate intent, but the importance of complying with the law and recertifying is “administrative.” Under the law, it states that your failure to recertify will result in the automatic revocation of your pistol permit and your right to possess firearms.
However, with many disagreeing with the SAFE Act, and its aims, please do not jeopardize your eligibility to possess a pistol permit by failing to follow the law. I thank the local SCOPE chapter for their education and information efforts on this issue. According to County Clerk Lois Hall, “it appears that only approx. 44% of those who have permits in Yates County have recertified electronically or by mail-in at this time.”
The State Police are available to answer any questions about the recertification process you may have. You can also find information about how to recertify online at https://safeact.ny.gov/ and we do have a link on our website for this at www.yatescountysheriff.org – Mail-in forms are also available.
If the Sheriff’s Office can be of any assistance, please contact us 315-536-4438.