King, whose group is waging a court battle in an effort top have the SAFE Act overturned, said he suspects that the state will lean on county governments to ultimate over the processing of pistol permits.
Their attitude is: “We are going to change the rules and you can’t do anything about it,’” he said.
King also maintained the recertification requirement should not be imposed on people who have owned guns safely and have had no criminal convictions. “This is an invasion of our private lives and our freedoms,” he said.
He estimated that between 4 million and 6 million New Yorkers own firearms, and of that group approximately 1.25 million people have pistol permits.
After the legislation was enacted, the state police assigned several investigators to staff a hotline set up to respond to questions from the public about the new requirements on gun owners.
That hotline can be reached at (855) LAW-GUNS.