Ortt wants state to delay pistol recertification deadline

Staff Reports Posted 6 January 2018 at 10:42 am

State Senator Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) is calling on the governor to delay the NY SAFE Act’s pistol recertification deadline. As outlined in the NY SAFE Act, pistol permit holders who fail to recertify their license by the January 31 deadline will result in having their license revoked.

“Pistol permit holders need to be aware that this deadline is approaching quickly,” said Sen. Ortt. “Individuals who are caught with a pistol and an outdated license will be subject to prosecution as outlined by the NY SAFE Act. While we continue our fight to repeal the constitutionally intrusive NY SAFE Act, we must be aware of the hurdles in our path to victory.”

Sen. Ortt called for a delay to the pistol permit deadline, which would allow the county clerks the appropriate amount time to process recertification requests.

“Many pistol permit holders in my district have yet to receive the proper paperwork alerting them of the need to recertify,” Ortt said. “We must delay the deadline to avoid what will become a bureaucratic nightmare for residents, law enforcement and local officials.”

Ortt held a news conference Thursday at the Niagara County Courthouse with other elected officials, discussing the push to delay the recertification deadline.

“Though we remain adamantly opposed to the SAFE Act and continue to fight for its repeal, it important that our constituents are given proper notice and time to complete this process,” said Assemblyman Michael Norris (R-Lockport). “This extension request makes common sense and it will also assist local governmental officials deal with the complexities of the recertification process.”

For questions regarding the status of a pistol permit, individuals can visit the State Police website (click here) or call Ortt’s district office at (716) 434-0680.

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