New York's Sullivan Law, which requires handgun owners to get a permit and to register all handguns, has never been a significant factor for reducing violent gun crime. It is a tedious process requiring background investigations by the local police, the state police and the FBI. The process can exceed six months, and the benefits of the licensing and registration do not show positive results compared to states without this burden.
Licensing reduces a constitutional right to a privilege and places onerous burdens on honest gun owners. The recent draconian cuts in the county budget have limited access to the Pistol Permit Department to three days a week from 9 a.m. to noon. Whenever a person acquires a handgun, it must be registered before the licensed person may take possession of his property.
Possession of an unregistered handgun is a felony, and making it difficult to comply with the requirements is a way to make criminals out of honest people. The fairest solution is to repeal the Sullivan Law.
Board Chairman, SCOPE