ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)— Starting September 1, a law that defines sensitive locations where concealed carry will not be allowed goes into effect. It will also enable the state to regulate and standardize training for license applicants.
While questions remain on how the new gun legislation will impact the permitting process, some gun retailers and training centers have posted online that a statewide freeze on pistol permits will also go into effect that day.
When Capitol Correspondent Jamie DeLine reached out to those who shared the information, she was either hung up on or told they were sharing it from others on social media.
While regulations are being developed by the state, state officials told DeLine, “neither DCJS nor the State Police have issued any such directive related to pistol permit applications. The granting of pistol permits remains within the purview of local licensing officials.”
The permitting process is run at the county level. In Rensselaer Count,y the permit process will be business as usual, said Frank Merola, Rensselaer County Clerk..
“There hasn’t been any stops as far as pistol permits are concerned,” he said. “It’s just that that September 1 deadline, things will change after that. There are going to be different criteria someone’s got to meet in order to get a pistol permit. We aren’t sure about the fees, if the fees are going to be different. So we are just waiting to hear. But currently, we are still open for business. We are doing pistol permits every single day.”