Changes For Pistol Permits

05.31.13 | Abby Lutcher

Both those wishing to get a restricted *or* unrestricted pistol permit go through the same screening already. A restricted permit means you can use your gun for hunting or target practice. Unrestricted would allow you to carry your gun ... open or concealed. Now gun owners wishing to get an unrestricted permit, or upgrade to one ... can just take a three hour safety class to do so. "What they are going to be talking about is use of force, firearm safety, application process, what it entails, why someone's permit might be revoked/suspended so we want people to practice safe gun handling,” said Sheriff Moss. You will still need to go through a background check. Once you complete the course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which will be added to your application. The final permit must be approved by the Chemung County Judge. Sheriff Moss says this plan has been in the works for years. Currently, 27 other New York counties have the same one step system. Sheriff Moss also added that the new system will not conflict with the New York Safe Act. The course will cost $20.00. All money will be used to pay instructors. The first three classes are already scheduled at the Chemung County Human Resource Center, located at 425 Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira. The dates are as follows: June 29, July 13, and July 20. Starting June 3, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office to sign up for the class at 737-2987 extension 251, or by going online at Sheriff Moss says they will try to accommodate 200-250 people per class. They expect heavy attendance so it is best to sign up as quickly as possible. Extra dates will be added. They say once the course is complete, it may take a few weeks for final approval because demand is currently high.