BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York State police say pistol permit holders should not be afraid to re-certify.
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns says fewer than one-third of permit holders are in compliance with the SAFE Act.
That state law requires all pistol permit holders to re-certify every five years.
Despite what Kearns said, a State Police spokesman says he was only using data from the county, and that the compliance rate across the state is higher.
Their goal is to get accurate records of pistol permit holders at the state and local levels.
State Police Director of Public Information Beau Duffy says "This wasn't intended to be a 'gotcha.' That's why State Police decided we're not going to criminally enforce this for someone who we might have an interaction with that says 'Hey, I didn't know I was supposed to re-certify.' You know, we want to give them a chance, make sure they're aware of the process."
The spokesman could not comment of the threshold at which someone would face criminal charges.
He said it could take a year or more to process all re-certification applications.