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New York State Police Pistol Permit Re-certification Process

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Ithaca, NY 14850

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New York State Police Pistol Permit Re-certification Process

To the citizens of Tompkins 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 re-certification 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 re-certification. For those of you who obtained a pistol permit after January 15, 2013, then you must re-certify by the 5 year anniversary date from when you originally obtained your permit.

I know many people 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 re-certifying. Under the law, your failure to re-certify 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 permit by failing to follow the law. The State Police are available to answer any questions about the re-certification process you may have. You can also find information about how to re-certify online at

Sheriff Ken Lansing