Bill Introduced To Push Back NY SAFE Act Pistol Recert Deadlines

By Tom Knighton

The NY SAFE Act law requires people with even lifetime permits to “recertify.” In other words, the word “lifetime” only means for as long as the state of New York thinks it should last. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is kind of like Darth Vader here:

However, there are problems. A whole pile of folks haven’t recertified, and at least one lawmaker states that many of his constituents haven’t been notified they need to.

That lead Republicans in New York–yes, apparently such a thing really does exist–to introduce a bill that will push back the deadline for recertification.

Two New York Republicans want to pump the brakes on a problematic plan to recertify 1.25 million pistol permit holders and kick it down the road.

The permits, required to own a handgun in the state, are set to expire at the end of the month due to the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013. The problem is that most facing the mandatory recertification haven’t done so, with Assemblyman Marc Butler advising only 204,000 have recertified as of last month.

“This bureaucratic quagmire concerning pistol recertification is a real threat which could turn many otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said Butler, stressing additional time is needed to sort the problem out. “The mess that is growing out of the pistol permit recertification requirement is one of the many concerns I had over the governor’s so-called SAFE Act.”

Legislation submitted by Butler this week in company with Assemblyman Brian Miller would set a new deadline of Jan. 31, 2019. Miller says the “rushed and reckless” implementation of the SAFE Act has now left potentially hundreds of thousands of handgun owners with lifetime permits in a lurch.

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