North Country pistol permit holders should get extension to recertify, Sen. Griffo says
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 9:11 am

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to grant an extension to pistol permit holders across the state who are attempting to recertify their licenses by the end of the month.

Pistol license holders in the state who were issued permits prior to Jan. 15, 2013, have until Jan. 31, 2018 to recertify.

Griffo represents the 47th Senate District, which includes the towns of Massena, Brasher, Norfolk, Stockholm, Potsdam, Pierrepont, Russell, Clifton, Fine, and Pitcairn in St. Lawrence County, plus Lewis and Oneida counties.

In St. Lawrence County, 6,650 out of about 17,000 permit holders have recertified as of Jan. 10, according to a press release from Griffo’s office.

“There have been several media reports indicating that regions across the state are seeing a low compliance rate due to confusion about the recertification process and backlogs at county clerk offices across the state,” Griffo wrote in a letter to the governor. “I believe that, due to these delays and confusion, citizens seeking to recertify their pistol licenses should be given an extension to do so. Granting an extension will help county clerks effectively deal with the recertification process. This will help alleviate any confusion and concern that a person may have and will ensure that law-abiding gun owners don’t face the risk of being considered a criminal.”

And after learning that those who complete the recertification process are not always given notice that they have been successful, Sen. Griffo also is requesting that anyone who completes the recertification process be given acknowledgement that they have done so.