New York Democrats ran roughshod over the deliberative process in order to ram the NY SAFE Act down the throats of the Empire State’s citizens, in hopes that the harsh, Second Amendment-gutting gun control bill would propel Governor Andrew Cuomo towards the Presidency.
Predictably, the hastily-written, poorly-conceived NY SAFE Act has proven to be an utter embarrassment to the state, and continues to fall apart, one stupid requirement at a time.
Gun owners have been told by the state that they have to start recertifying their pistol permits over the next year. The problem? The state hasn’t created the website for them to do it yet.
Anyone who had a pistol permit before 2013 needs to renew it and they’ve been given a deadline to do it, but there’s a hold-up on the state’s end.
Christopher Greco has been a gun owner for nearly a decade. Under the SAFE Act, he knows he’s got to recertify his pistol permit every five years, but what he doesn’t know is how to actually do it.
“I think they had more than ample time to put a process in place, they’ve had more than four years to do this, why is it taking them so long?” asks Greco. “I think a lot of people are frustrated, a lot of responsible gun owners are frustrated. A lot of people that do the right thing, like myself, are frustrated.”
Usually, with pistol permit issues, you can get answers from the county clerk. But that’s not the case for the recertification — that’s being handled by state police. County clerks recently had a meeting with state police; they were told there will be a website that gun owners will use.
“They have not informed us of a launch date yet though in terms of when the website will go live,” says Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello.
If New York legislators had any intelligence at all—which at this point seems very doubtful indeed—they’d repeal the nonsensical disaster that is the NY SAFE Act, and a recalcitrant Cuomo would quietly sign it into law.