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New York State Police giving a second shot for pistol owners to recertify permits

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(WBNG) -- While the deadline for gun owners to renew their permits was Wednesday at midnight, New York State Police officials said they will continue to collect admissions.

The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, otherwise known as the SAFE Act, makes people recertify their pistol permits every five years to keep track of them throughout the state.

Not only will state police allow recertifcations to be submitted past the deadline, the Public Information Director, Beau Duffy, said there also won't be penalties on those who fail to do so.

12 News spoke to State Senator Fred Akshar about this. He said he is happy to see State Police working hard to get people to register. 

However, he said he doesn't believe allowing people to recertify past the deadline is a solution.

"It doesn't fix the over-arching issue," said State Senator Akshar. "People are still, if they're not registering by midnight tonight, in violation of the SAFE ACT."

We asked New York State Police what they thought on the matter. 

"The statute directs state police to manage the recertification process and that's what we're working on," said Duffy.

If you would like to renew your pistol permit, you can click here.

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