There is a deadline looming here in New York State regarding firearms and, more specifically, handguns. Governor Hochul has previously announced that new laws and regulations will be put in to place as of September 1st here in the Empire State. At this point, it isn't all that clear exactly what the regulations might be and how the changes will be implemented and that is why Erie County is extending hours.


In a news release, it was announced that:

Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns will announce the extension of hours at the Clerk’s Outreach Center in order for Erie County residents to submit their pistol permit applications prior to the September 1st deadline.


But with all of the news about legislation and changes to application policies and concealed carry permits, what is the current status of the process in Erie County? We spoke with Erie County Clerk, Mickey Kearns, about the latest information and how that may or may not affect your application.

New Applicants

Following the receipt of a completed application as well as criminal & mental hygiene record checks, the approval or denial of a permit is the decision of the Erie County Supreme Court Justice who serves as the Licensing Officer.

According to Kearns:

As of now, everything is status quo. When a bill passes, it is not automatic to become law. We are waiting for clarity from Albany. We had a bill that passed that would add significant changes to the pistol permit process.


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