Cortland County backs out of pistol permit update process, citing lack of state support

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April 22, 2014

The Cortland County clerk’s office is backing out of a re-certification program for handgun owners in New York. The Innovation Trail’s Ryan Delaney reports the clerk’s office didn’t feel it was getting enough state support for the pilot program.

Under a provision of the January 2013 SAFE Act, current pistol permit holders must update their permits by 2018. That means verifying addresses and what weapons are owned.

Cortland was one of seven counties working with state officials to help develop the digital database. But county clerk Elizabeth Larkin says meetings and phone calls dropped off in November. So, in January she joined two other clerks offices and pulled out.

“We kind of decided that we weren’t going to participate," says Larkin. "We were not going to subject our offices to this without any participation, without any information. Because with any new program, there are going to be bumps in the road.”

Larkin says her office has already been working hard on digitizing records and complying with the new gun control measure.

Larkin says handling requests from gun owners last summer to ensure their names were blocked from public disclosure was “crazy.” And she didn’t want to go through that again without adequate support from the state.