County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and County Legislator John Mills have announced a pistol permit recertification outreach will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 at Concord Public Library, 18 Chapel St., Springville.

The clerk, legislator and staff from the county clerk’s office will be available to answer any questions regarding the recertification process. Hard copies of recertification forms will be made available at the outreach.

“I understand there are many people who disagree with and are frustrated with the NY SAFE Act. However, with the deadline for re-certification fast approaching, I do not want to see any citizen lose their pistol permit because they did not recertify their license,” said Kearns. “I have made resources available at the county clerk’s office to assist with re-certification. I encourage all pistol permit holders to recertify as soon as possible.”

“I would like to thank Clerk Kearns for hosting these outreaches,” said Mills (R-Orchard Park). “Though I strongly disagree with the SAFE Act, it’s important pistol permit holders know the rules and regulations so they can continue to lawfully own their firearms.”

Because of provisions in the NY SAFE Act, pistol permit holders who received their permit prior to Jan. 15, 2013 must recertify with the New York State Police by Jan. 31. This is the first year this requirement is in place. Over 50,000 pistol permit holders in Erie County have yet to recertify.

Those needing to recertify can pick up hard copies of the state’s recertification form at each auto bureau in Erie County and at the Pistol Permit Office. Those forms must be mailed to the New York State Police, Pistol Permit Bureau, Building 22, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12226-2252.

Additionally, 20 computer stations located at Erie County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, are available with a direct link to the pistol permit recertification website at

Further pistol permit recertification outreaches will be held across the county in the coming weeks, dates and locations will be announced shortly.

Anyone with questions about the outreach or recertification process can call Kearns’ office at (716) 858-8866.