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New gun laws in NY lead to surge in permits

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County clerks in New York have concerns about the state's new gun laws.

The SAFE Act will require pistol permits be recertified every five years. Right now, county clerks' offices issue the permits, which don't need to be renewed. A start date for the recertification process has not been determined. It also remains unknown who will be responsible for recertifying the permits.

Clinton County Clerk John Zurlo says his office cannot take on the additional burden with its current staff.

"It's just an overwhelming job for us to do this, I mean it's more than we can handle. I don't even know if we are equipped to handle the recertification, it's probably going to require more detail than we can handle," Zurlo said.

The New York State Association of County Clerks has informed the Cuomo administration it opposes any effort to make the county government responsible for the new statutory five-year recertification process.


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