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2018-01-11 / Local News

Kearns, Mills to hold pistol permit outreach

A pistol permit recertification outreach will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Concord Public Library, 18 Chapel St., Springville, according to Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns and County Legislator John Mills.

Kearns, Mills and staff from the County Clerk’s Office will be available to answer any questions regarding the recertification process. Hard copies of the recertification forms will be made available at the outreach.

“I understand there are many people who disagree with and are frustrated with the NY SAFE Act,” Kearns said. “However, with the deadline for recertification fast approaching, I do not want to see any citizen lose their pistol permit because they did not recertify their license.”

Kearns said he has made resources available at the County Clerk’s Office to assist with recertification, and he encourages all pistol permit holders to recertify as soon as possible.”

“I would like to thank Clerk Kearns for hosting these outreaches. Though I strongly disagree with the SAFE Act, it’s important pistol permit holders know the rules and regulations so they can continue to lawfully own their firearms,” Mills said

Because of provisions in the NY SAFE Act, pistol permit holders who received their permit prior to Jan. 15, 2013, must recertify with the New York State Police by Wednesday, Jan. 31. This is the first year this requirement is in place. More than 50,000 pistol permit holders in Erie County have yet to recertify.

Those needing to recertify can pick up hard copies of the state’s recertification form at each auto bureau in Erie County and at the Pistol Permit Office. Those forms must be mailed to the New York State Police, Pistol Permit Bureau, Building 22, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12226-2252.

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