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Pistol recertification deadline nears

If you are pistol permit holder in New York State, you must go through a recertification process through the State Police by Jan. 31, 2018. Not everyone seems to be getting that message though. In Erie County alone, the last count was over 50,000 permit holders still had to be recertified. With the passing of the NY SAFE Act, pistol permit holders must now be recertified every 5 years, starting with 2018. If you don’t comply, your permit will be revoked. You will need to re-apply for a pistol permit once it has been revoked.

“Whether you got your pistol permit 40 years ago, or in November 2016, the reality is, you’re going to have to recertify,” says Joseph Jastrzemski, Niagara County clerk. Under the SAFE Act’s provisions, all pistol permits issued prior to Jan. 15, 2013 must be recertified by Jan. 31, 2018. If you received your permit after Jan. 15, 2013, recertification will be required every 5 year. Contact your county clerk for more information or check out


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