Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I/Ref – Oneonta) yesterday alerted pistol license holders that the New York State Police have launched a new website which includes instructions regarding license recertification.

“The pistol license recertification is one of the many superfluous provisions included in the NY-SAFE Act,” said Senator Seward.  “This requirement does nothing to keep people safe or deter gun violence.  It is simply another impediment that law-abiding gun owners are forced to comply with.”

According to the law passed in 2013, anyone holding a pistol license prior to the passage of the NY-SAFE Act has until January 31, 2018 to recertify his license.  The New York State Police had been tasked with creating the recertification procedure and just recently launched a website - - that includes the recertification form.   License holders can fill out the form online or print a paper version and return it by mail.

“I voted against the NY-SAFE Act when it was first proposed and have called for full repeal of this over-reaching, flawed policy ever since it was rushed into law.  I also sponsored legislation, which passed the senate, to erase some of the most burdensome provisions of the law.  I will continue to support measures to end the NY-SAFE Act and work to block any other attempts to further erode Second Amendment rights,” added Seward.

A link to the online pistol recertification form is available on Senator Seward’s website at and his Facebook page at   Paper versions of the form can also be picked up at Senator Seward’s district offices: 41 South Main Street, Oneonta; 235 North Prospect Street, Herkimer; 4030 West Road, Cortland.

“While I strongly disagree with the need for this recertification, I know that, as always, judicious firearm owners will follow the law.  With that being said, I want to do everything I can to make the process as easy as possible,” concluded Seward.