Deadline approaching for pistol permit recertification

Recertification needed by 1/31/2018 for permits issued before 1/15/2013

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Area sheriffs are reminding pistol-permit holders that they may be running out of time to recertify their handgun permits.

Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder says that anyone who has a permit issued before January 15, 2013, must recertify with the state before the end of the month.

There are two ways to do this, online or through the mail.

While gun-owners can come to the Sheriff's Office to pick up the form and receive help filling it out, it must be mailed to State Police.

And Harder says he has no intention of going after those who fail to recertify.

"I made it very well known that we're not involved in any action.  This is Governor Cuomo.  Let him and the State Police handle it.  They're the ones that came up with it.  So, that's my standpoint.  Let them take care of any action that has to be done," said Harder.

Harder says the recertification was authorized by the New York SAFE Act which he completely opposes.

Harder says these actions punish legal gun owners instead of focusing on criminals who don't have permits.

Tioga Sheriff Gary Howard says his office will also leave enforcement to the courts and the state.

"It gets our files straightened out.  We find out that people have passed away.  We get a better database on who owns what, what they have.  Other than that, I don't think it makes anybody safer," said Howard.

Harder says permits will need to be recertified every five years going forward.

He estimates that about 20,000 gun owners in Broome County are affected, of which he believes only about a quarter have done so.

To recertify online or print the mail-in form, go to

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