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A Reminder About Pistol Permit Recertification

To the citizens of Allegany County,

I would like to take a moment to remind you of an important deadline that is fast approaching.  As those of you who are pistol permit holders may already be aware, January 31st is the date by which many people must submit their pistol permit recertification to the New York State Police.  If you obtained a pistol permit before January 15, 2013, then the 31st is the last day when you can submit your recertification.  For those of you who obtained a pistol permit after January 15, 2013, then you must recertify by the 5 year anniversary date from when you originally obtained your permit.

I know many people (myself included) are angry about this law, and are skeptical of its ultimate intent, but I must impress upon you the importance of complying with the law and recertifying.  Under the law, your failure to recertify will result in the automatic revocation of your pistol permit and your right to possess your weapons.

However much you may disagree with the SAFE Act and its aims, please do not jeopardize your eligibility to possess a pistol by failing to follow the law.  The State Police are available to answer any questions about the recertification process you may have.

You can also find information about how to recertify online at


Rick Whitney – Allegany County Sheriff