Need to recertify your New York pistol permit? If so, the deadline for this is coming up fast.
According to the New York SAFE Act, all people with permits given out before January 15, 2013 must recertify them by January 31, 2018. For those who have permits with an issue date on or later than January 12, 2013, you will need to recertify your pistol five years after the date of issuance.
Even though the process of pistol recertification is being taken care of by the NY State Police, it’s still proving to be an incredible issue for county clerk offices.
That’s because these clerks’ offices are now in charge of distributing forms of recertification. As such, they’re getting an enormous influx of people and paperwork – much more than what is normal for them.
Another headache of this process is that, despite sending out letters regarding recertification deadlines, hardly more than two-thirds of permit holders have actually gone through the recertification process.
This does not bode well for the remaining third of permit-holders. That’s because failure to recertify by January 31st requires people to forfeit their permit.
And, without a permit, possession of a handgun is a a felony. However, officials and individuals across the state of New York are challenging this rule on the terms that it is a “violation of due process.”
County clerk offices are also facing another major problem: there is a vast amount of confusion regarding the process of recertification.For instance, many citizens mistakenly believe they will need to fill out the form and submit it at the office before they can obtain a new permit.
However, in reality, it’s a much more convenient process. Permit holders can recertify online through the NY State Police site. In contrast, permit holders also have the option to recertify through mail. If they choose this option, they just need to pick up the form, fill it out at their convenience, and then drop it in the mail.
Another extra incentive permit-holders have to recertify is that it doesn’t cost anything. And, with a process as simple as this, it’s not nearly as much of a confusing hassle as many citizens are mistakenly making it out to be.
Despite the confusion, attempts are being made to make the process flow more efficiently.
However, the moral of the story is if you need to recertify your pistol permit with the state of New York, be sure to do so by January 31st.