County Inundated With Gun Certification Inquiries

The recertification of pistol and revolver licenses is not something the county pistol permit office can handle, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace.

While the office remains able to answer some questions pertaining to pistol permits or other information, the recertification is handled by the state police.

Those with pistol permits that were issued before Jan. 15, 2013, are required to submit their recertification by Jan. 31, 2018. Then, the license must be recertified every five years after. However, if the permit was issued on Jan. 15, 2013, the deadline to recertify is five years after the permit was issued.

Gerace said the permit office has been fielding a large amount of phone calls regarding the recertification over the past few weeks, but unfortunately can do little else but refer individuals to or to call 855-529-4867.

“It’s a part of a state law, the Safe Act,” Gerace said. “It’s a state system. We do not do the pistol permit recertification.”

He said the amount of phone calls the pistol permit office has received has caused them to change their phone message to include instructions to contact the state police or recertify online. Gerace said it is estimated that there are about 30,000 pistol permit holders in Chautauqua County.

Recertification status can be checked at Recertification can be completed online or a paper form can be submitted by mail. Forms are available at any New York State Police location and at

According to the New York State Police, information required for the recertification process includes: name, date, address, date of birth, a New York state driver license or non-driver identification number and an inventory of licensed pistols and revolvers. However, most of this information can be found on a county issued pistol or revolver license.