NY Pistol Permit Wait Time: 18 Months

Need another reason to vote with your feet, New Yorkers? Thanks to personnel cutbacks in a near-bankrupt state, if you live in Onondaga County (which includes Syracuse) and want a permit to buy one of the few handguns still legal in the Empire State, you’ll need to plan ahead a little. A lot, actually. nycentral.com reports that “The process used to take two to six months, but (Sheriff Kevin) Walsh says he was forced to cut back on the number of people who process pistol permits in Onondaga County. There used to be three people in the licensing unit, now there is just one” That means . . .

Anyone strolling into the sheriff’s office wanting the government’s OK to buy a handgun is now told to come back next March. And maybe then the six month process of approval can get started.

According to New York State law, obtaining a pistol permit requires a criminal background check, character references, a hand gun safety course and other requirements.

Fortunately, we hear they don’t put you through the CAT scan and prostate exam unless you’ve successfully jumped all the other hurdles first. The delay isn’t confined to just one county, either.

The problem has spread beyond Onondaga County. The Cortland County Clerks Office reports a wait time of about 10 months, while Madison County reports a wait time of about a year.

So far. But never fear, New Yorkers. The situation is about to about to improve.

Sheriff Walsh says he recently got permission to install a new computer program which he says will streamline the process.

Whew! We hear WordStar and Lotus 1-2-3 can be huge timesavers.

54 Responses to NY Pistol Permit Wait Time: 18 Months

  1. avatarChuck J says:

    The more onerous NY makes it to purchase a gun, the more likely it is that NY laws and regs are going to get undone by the courts. Cuomo and Bloomberg are overplaying their hand.

    • avatarBrian says:

      My thoughts exactly

      • avatarrico says:

        Unconstitutional?? If 0bama gets his way and loads up the courts with liberal judges, you might be in for a surprise. Do you have any doubt that a Supreme Court of Ruth Ginsburg, Steven Breyer, Elana Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor + one more left winger won’t find some emanations and penumbras that would say it’s perfectly constitutional to make someone wait a year for a permit??

  2. avataranonymous says:

    Imagine the howls of outrage from liberals if there was an arbitrary 18-month wait to exercise one of the rights that they cherish; say, to get an abortion.

    • avatarmountocean says:

      Now that’s funny. Doesn’t matter what side of the issue you’re on either. Really illustrates how a right delayed is a right denied.

      • avatarBen in UT says:

        Martin Luther King Jr. said that, and I find it just as truthful as the Marbury v. Madison “the power to tax is the power to destroy.”

    • avatarAccur81 says:

      Well said! Lets see how many pregnant ladies support a 10-18 month wait for an abortion.

  3. avatarCliff says:

    Here’s an idea – unless NY has somehow made this illegal as well – why don’t folks from some local shooting club or RKBA organization volunteer to help the Sheriff process the permit apps at no charge?

  4. avatarLance says:

    Just remember you can only use a a .38 revolver because they banned everything else. Make your six shots count!!!

    • avatargreat unknown says:

      Come on; there are much more efficient revolvers out there that survive the cartridge-count limit. .44, Casull, .50BMG, etc.

      Not much fun to practice with, but very efficient at getting your point across.

      • 50 bmg revlover? I know you meant 500 S&W, but the 50 bmg revolver would crack your skull

      • avatarzm1306 says:

        I want to see the .50 BMG revolver!

        Don’t forget to tell the New Yorkers that decide to move that the wait for NFA items like suppressors and machine guns is only 6 months!

  5. avatarRalph says:

    Sorry, but since people have a right to have a handgun in their homes, a wait of 18 months to be able to exercise said right is unconstitutional. Cf. Kuck v. Danaher, 600 F. 3d 159 (2nd Cir. 2010).

    • avatarMatt in FL says:

      Interesting reading, that case. Especially since the plaintiff was not only a permit renewal applicant, but the Secretary of the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, who he accused of acting in collusion with the CT Dept of Public Safety.

  6. avatarWilliam says:

    Who the hell needs a gun in the next 18 months? You PARANOIDS!!

    I figured out, on this day, how to get more media attention for gun rallys. You are each and every one urged to join GAY ABORTIONISTS FOR GUN RIGHTS. JOIN TODAY!!!

  7. This is similar to a story on reason.com (which I cannot find) where the author had applied for one of these permits and after a few months, he gave up, emailed a buddy of a buddy and for $300 had an AK47 in a week. The point of the story was 1) why bother and 2) it’s easy to get what you want when you know who to ask.

    It’s a similar process here in the Midwest’s Progressive Utopia (TM), but so few bother to go through the process there’s not much coverage of it.

    Also, should I be offended that my Captcha is “Christ”? :-)

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  8. avatarSkyler says:

    There should at the minimum be a due process requirement before denying a fundamental right.

    • There should be, as in some other states, a maximum wait time after which a permit is automatically issued. But that won’t happen. Not there.

    • avatarWilliam says:

      Since they’ve denied it’s a fundamental right, what’s the necessity for due process? You see how this works, right?

  9. avatarSilver says:

    Cutbacks, bull. This is all part of the plan to keep subjects disarmed.

    We should start making a list of which foreign countries are more American than New York.

  10. avatarracer88 says:

    Yep… I met a guy at a local range who was visiting from Westchester County. He told me exactly that…. 18 months to get his permit to buy a gun. The local gun shops won’t even let anyone TOUCH a gun without the permit. Literally… they cannot handle any gun in the store without first producing the permit. He also had to get FOUR letters of (character) reference to get his permit.

    That’s just ****ing crazy!

    • avatarEvan says:

      He was definitely a Jersey guy. That insanity sounds like exactly what i go through.

    • avatarAaronW says:

      I live in Westchester… wait times definitely increased. I started the process in Jan, 2010 and had the permit in May, 2010.
      Remember we have gun registration, so each time we buy a gun we first purchase it, then we fill out an “amendment” form while we wait for it to be added to our permit. Process can take weeks or many months. Guy at my local range bought two pistols – a .22 and a Glock of some sort back around Thanksgiving, and JUST NOW got his amendmended permit.

  11. avatarMichael B. says:

    See: http://reason.com/archives/2012/12/22/gun-restrictions-have-always-bred-defian

    The free market is closer than you think, beleaguered New Yorker friends.

    “Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law,’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.” – Thomas Jefferson

  12. avatarDyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    In addition to this, we should not divert legal attention from the “instant” background checks that have become de facto waiting periods.

    In Colorado last month, FFL’s I know personally were telling me that they were waiting eight days or more to receive word back from their state “instant” background check system.

    • avatarChainsawWieldingManiac says:

      We’re at about three weeks for EBRs and handguns in Maryland. I bought a VEPR at the beginning of February, and I don’t expect to see that thing until March if I’m lucky. I’ve also got a stamp for a Galil coming in soon, and it’ll be suck in a similar hell.

    • avatarMamba says:

      I just asked my local CO gun club how long the CBI checks are taking; STILL 8 days. I know there was a surge right after SH in December but come on….I’m beginning to smell a Demorat.

    • avatarDonS says:

      I just waited 7 days in CO. Submitted to the state at my LGS at 14:00 23 Jan and I was able to pick up at 10:00 30 Jan. On 23 Jan, the projected wait time was 6 days, 19 hours. I waited an extra hour – only because the LGS didn’t open until 10:00.

  13. avatarpat says:

    Guess NY libtards dont care about a womans right to protect herself from being raped and killed. Do you think the rapist/murderer will wait 18months before commmencing to rape/murder so the woman can have time to defend herself?

  14. avatarChris Mallory says:

    The sheriff needs to pull deputies off the drug task forces and speed traps and put them to work doing these permits.

    Sunday I bought a handgun with a wait of 10 minutes. Monday I bought a shotgun with a wait of 2 minutes. Thank God I live in a free state.

  15. avatarFred says:

    So what happens when they do another cutback and fire the only guy processing the pistol permits? It’s common to argue rights should be infringed “for the greater good”, which is what this is, well, why don’t they just reestablish those rights for a period because it’s for the greater good, you know, accept those applications and then they can check them at their leisure. Oh wait, I forgot in New York the ability for the citizenry to defend themselves isn’t “for the greater good”.

  16. avatarJSIII says:

    NY is really stepping in it, if someone files a lawsuit over this they will win even if it takes a journey all the way to the SCOTUS. NY between this and the “Safe” act is about to ruin it for all the anti gun states. Can’t wait until the “Safe” act goes to the SCOTUS and all the unconstitutional mag limits and other restrictions get thrown right out.

  17. avatarNew York Stagehand says:

    Though it is awful living under these repressive laws, it is my sincere hope that we in NY can provide the straw that breaks the anti rights tyranny that IS gun control for the whole nation. You need cases to carry the weight, we have them now! Help us help you! We are all in this together.

    Irony: Guys with names like Sullivan pushed gun control so that guys with names like Cuomo couldn’t legally defend themselves.

  18. avatarchris says:

    I live and work in Oswego county…next county over. not too bad here. the Sheriff has a team in the civil division doing pistol permit applications during the day, and has relinquished the duties to corrections staff on certain week nights and saturdays. Turn around is still about 3 months, which is not bad considering what is happening a few miles away.

    • “Turn around is still about 3 months, which is not bad considering what is happening a few miles away.”

      The sad thing is, that’s probably right. Three months is actually “pretty good” there, as disgusting as that is.

    • avatarDonS says:

      It’s “not bad”, until you look at [relatively] free America. Last year, it took me 14 days to get my permit.

      Then again, that permit is to carry a concealed firearm in all areas of the state, not just to buy one.

  19. avatarchris says:

    Sheriff Walsh, like most, if not all Sheriff’s in this area of CENTRAL NEW YORK (not new york city, which might as well be an entirely different state) are very pro Second Amendment. It is usually the county legislatures that regulate his budget, and have to approve hiring for positions, whether they be new, or a result of attrition, that are the problem. Not the Sheriff himself. The Sheriff is an elected figure head, and therefore a puppet of the county legislation.

  20. avatarJim D says:

    He just has that smirk on his face in that picture…………..

  21. avatarDaniel says:

    I’m still trying to figure out why it takes so long to perform those simple tasks. A background check should take all of 4 seconds and the rest is up to the applicant.

  22. avatarchris says:

    Actually, there are a few tasks that need to be performed…investigators actually contact your 4 character references. The process does not proceed until all 4 have been contacted and can vouch that you are not a violent sociopath. Then they contact your current employer (if any) to verify you are not a disgruntled nutcase. Then, they await the mental health affidavit that you had to send to Albany (IIRC) to be mailed back to the county from Albany. Then it all goes off to the judge who is in charge of signing the permits and issuing restrictions (in NY… you can only carry concealed while hunting, or carry to and from a shooting range, unless granted an unrestricted carry license, which is hard, depending on the 2nd Amendment views of the signing judge)…and then…Viola…you have your permit…once the clerk gets around to calling you when he/she is not looking up property tax info or other public knowledge records available at the county clerks office

  23. avataruncommon_sense says:

    This is how government creates de-facto bans.

    We should never agree to any “restrictions” because government can at best be unable to process or at worst abuse processes and stop firearm sales, possession, and ownership.

  24. avatarThrawn says:

    I live in Saratoga county. The process is 12+ months here. That’s me being generous with the estimate.

    So… yeah… no. My family and I are moving to Vermont.

  25. avatargringito says:

    ¨Great¨ how constitutional rights can be dismounted – by people who should protect them and have sworn to protect them…


    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the CONSTITUTION of the United States.”[60]

    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this CONSTITUTION;¨.. .

    ¨I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the CONSTITUTION of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; …¨

    ¨I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the CONSTITUTION of the State of New York, (and the Charter of the City of NEW YORK, e.g.), and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of (mayor of the City of New York, e.g.) to the best of my ability..

    Etc. etc.

  26. avatarRandy Drescher says:

    Can’t you just say you are a member of TTAG, or won’t that cut it with coma? Randy

  27. avatarJhonnieB. says:

    Wow…I now feel even better about living in Pennsylvania! Gotta get to the range this weekend and have some good, clean fun with my AUG, a legally concealed SIG and AKs. Stay strong New Yorkers!

  28. avatarJustAJ says:

    I stil lwould like to know how they can mandate that you have to apply to exercise your rights? Last time I checked, the majority of proposed legislation asking that voters submit a state issued identification got smacked down on consitutional grounds becuase it imposed “undue hardship” on economically disadvantaged folk, including minorities. Yet, in order to be able to buy a gun in several states, you have to “apply” for a “permit” to be able to do so, and pay several fees both during the application process, and in the renewal stages. Oh, and you STILL have to get the normal background check when you buy a gun, assuming you are “approved” to get the permit to do so. If you think too hard about how unconsitutional this is you may have a stroke.

  29. avatarJerryboy says:

    why are people still calling it “The Empire State”? i started calling it simply “The Empire” long go.

  30. avatarMy Name Is Bob says:

    There is absolutely no way that this can be constitutional. I mean seriously EIGHTEEN months?!?!?!

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