“I know I wouldn’t be happy with it if they went ahead and did that,” said Mills, noting there are an estimated 15,000 valid pistol permits in Delaware County.
Desmond said he plans to ask his county Board of Supervisors to draw up a resolution similar to the one that Otsego County will act on this week.
State officials contacted by The Daily Star said they had no immediate information on how state government plans to go about administering the recertification requirement for handgun owners. They also said they had no information on just when the effort will begin.
Darcy Wells, the director of public information for the State Police, said the recertification requirement won’t kick in until 2018. “The state is already working with county officials to provide support and assistance as they get ready for the recertification process,” she said. “As part of that effort the state is providing website support in coordination with counties that are getting ready for this process.”
Asked when the recertification effort will be launched, Wells said that will be up to the individual counties, other than in the eight counties that already had a renewal requirement before the state law took effect.
The State Police is the agency that acts as the central repository of pistol permit records.
When he signed the SAFE Act into law last January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated: “This legislation is not about hunters, sportsmen, or legal owners who use their guns appropriately. It is about reducing gun violence and making New York a safer place to live.”
In September, Cuomo, reacting to police officials who have decried the law’s impact on law-abiding gun owners, said, “It’s not really up to law enforcement to pick and choose what laws they like and what laws they don’t like.”