With the new year just a week away, I revisited the NY Safe Act to see the results of some of the deadlines that had to be adhered to in 2014.
The first was that firearms defined as assault weapons lawfully owned on or before Jan. 15, 2013, had to be registered by April 15, 2014.
I tried to get an estimate of how many have registered, but was unable to get a number.
Pistol permit recertification is another big task. On Nov. 18, there was a meeting in Wayne County of the state Association of County Clerks and the state police on this recertification. The points of interest were having a pilot of the recertification process that begins in January in Albany, Schenectady and Fulton counties.
They will send 500 invitations to recertify in each of these counties, directing the permit holders to a state police website to recertify online, where they can download the recertification form. There will be no county seal or any other county identifier on these letters.
The invitation will be to recertify immediately, although recertification is not required prior to Jan. 31, 2018.
Between March and June 2015, recertification letters will be sent to selected groups. The state police goal is to have as many people recertify electronically as possible.
The paper forms will be available to download from the state police website or at trooper barracks.
Once approved, the state police will issue a plastic recertification card that will need to be carried with the permit at all times.
The recertification website will only be available to those who have already received an invitation to recertify with a user ID and password.
Paper forms can be filed by anyone at any time. Re-certification is a state police function, and the counties will be notified when the recertification is approved.
Once the application is submitted, it will be checked against the National Crime information Center, Mental Health Law/9.46, orders of probation, Department of Motor Vehicles, parole, probation and state wanted and missing persons.
Failure to recertify after Jan. 31, 2018, is an automatic revocation. The goal is to send out the first recertification letters statewide by early spring.
With regard to the Mental Health Law, the NY Safe Act added section 9.46, which requires mental health professionals to report to their director of community ser-
vices any person under their care if they believe such a person is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to themselves or others.
If the director agrees, they are to report the person to the Department of Criminal Justice Services, which will make an initial screening to determine if the subject potentially has a state-issued firearms license or has applied for one.
If so, DCJS will notify the state police to confirm the existence of the license and the licensing authority to make a determination whether to suspend or revoke the subject’s license.
The licensing authority and appropriate local law enforcement will handle the suspension and weapon recovery.
Since this law was initiated, state health care providers have reported and identified 278 licensed gun owners who could lose their license and firearms because of their mental unstableness.
As for the individual counties, Schenectady had two, Fulton two, Saratoga nine, Montgomery one, Schoharie two and Albany nine.
The highest three were Monroe with 36, Westchester with 17 and Suffolk with 16.