Deadline approaching for pistol permit holders to re-certify

The Cortland County Courthouse

The following is a press release from the Cortland County District Attorney’s Office.

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Cortland County District Attorney Patrick Perfetti today reminded New York State Pistol Permit holders that they must re-certify prior to the Jan. 31 deadline required by the so-called “Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement” Act, commonly known as the SAFE Act of 2013.

According to the State Police website, if your permit was issued before January 15, 2013, you must re-certify every five years. The first re-certification deadline looms this January. Recent news reports have stated that there are more than 1 million pistol permit holders in New York State but less than 200,000 of them had re-registered as of earlier this month.

“I remain firmly opposed to the SAFE Act because it infringes on our Second Amendment Rights, and because it was passed in the dead of night without proper public review,” said D.A. Perfetti. “However, it is on the books in New York State and the last thing I want to see is a law-abiding citizen in Cortland County get into hot water with activist, liberal Albany or Downstate politicians or prosecutors.”

“I re-recertified my pistol permit paperwork recently and I urge all other pistol permit holders in Cortland County to do the same prior to the January 31st deadline,” he added.

The forms to file a re-certification can be downloaded at:

The forms are also available at the Cortland County Clerk’s Office. Additionally, the New York State Police offers a hotline at 1-855-LAWGUNS for people who have questions about the re-certification process.

District Attorney Perfetti served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, including two Tours of Duty in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2007. He retired as a Navy Commander in 2014. Prior to his election as D.A. in 2016, he served as the Municipal Attorney for McGraw, Lapeer, Cortland and Homer, and managed a successful private legal practice.