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Lawmakers ask Cuomo to extend pistol permit deadline

Three state legislators Thursday called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to extend the Jan. 31 SAFE Act deadline for renewing pistol permits that are more than five years old. After that date, they will be invalid.

Sen. Robert G. Ortt and Assemblymen Michael J. Norris and Angelo J. Morinello blamed poor outreach and confusion for low compliance. As of Tuesday, 21,549 of 50,000 affected permits had been renewed in Erie County, and 9,400 of 28,000 had been recertified in Niagara County.

State Police spokesman Beau Duffy said the law required one year's notice to permit holders, and 372,000 letters were sent in January 2017. Permits can be renewed through the State Police website or with a paper form available on the website or at State Police stations and some county clerks' offices.

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