New Gun Permit Regulations in New York

By Jillian Marshall

January 15, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 1:39 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Regulations over guns that were once imposed by the county will now be controlled at the state level, following gun legislation that was signed into law Tuesday afternoon.

Last year, Broome County Sheriff's Office handled 491 pistol permit applications. In the first 15 days of this year, there have been 71 applications submitted, nearly double last year's monthly average.

Just this week, Broome County Undersheriff, Alex Minor says there are approximately 150 pistol permit applications being processed.

The largest way the new gun control legislation will effect gun permits is in re-certifications.

Until now, the re-certification requirements were decided on a county-by-county basis.

The new bill requires gun owns to re-certify their permit every five years.

The re-certification process has yet to be explained.

But early indications show it will include examining the permit holder's mental health.

"If an individual goes to a mental health provider, it's now an obligation of that provider to notify New York State," Minor said. "The aim is to try and keep some of these folks from falling through the cracks, and being out there with nobody aware of their behavior. "

All gun permits must now be filed in a statewide database to help keep the registry current and protect against people deemed unstable or dangerous from having a gun.

The legislation allows those applying for permits to withdraw their permit and identifying information, like names and addresses, from being a public record.

Experts say this is likely a reaction by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to prevent a situation similar to what happened late last month, when a Westchester-based newspaper published the names and addresses -- including an interactive map -- of every gun owner in Westchester and Rockland counties.

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