Senator Akshar, Sheriff Harder calling on NYS to delay pistol permit recertification

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - State Senator Fred Akshar and Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder are calling on New York State to delay its deadline for gun owners to recertify their pistol permits.

Akshar, Harder and Broome County Clerk Joe Mihalko held a news conference today to call on Governor Cuomo to reconsider the deadline for pistol permit recertification.

As a result of the SAFE Act passed in 2013, pistol permit holders are required to recertify every 5 years.

Before the legislation was passed, pistol permit holders were entered into a lifetime database.

Cuomo has created a special State Police team to enforce the recertification process.

Akshar says the Sheriff's Office, with the help of the County Clerk, already keeps track of a database of pistol permit owners.

"They have to keep them updated. If they don't, then the Sheriff and the County Clerk work to ensure that people are doing what they're supposed to be doing. But, there's a great fear amongst law-abiding gun owners throughout the state.  Why are the State Police involved in this?  Are they creating another database with gun owner information?  That's already happening," said Akshar.

Harder says he will not enforce the law, but is encouraging all pistol permit holders to recertify.

Akshar says only 230,000 out of the 1.2 million pistol permit holders in the state have recertified.

In Broome County, only 6,000 out of 24,000 permitted pistol owners have turned in their paperwork.

The deadline to recertify is January 31st and forms must be submitted to New York State Police.

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