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 NY Pistol Permit Question, why does it take so long?
bryan2010x  [Member]
9/6/2007 10:43:38 PM
I know this a dumb one, but why does it take 8 months, to get. What do they investigate, what do you need to have prepared, etc for? Thanks for your help
Sgt_Gold  [Member]
9/7/2007 1:40:09 AM
It all depends on what county you apply to. I'm in Putnam and it took about two and a half months for me.
ml2150  [Member]
9/7/2007 6:26:27 AM

Originally Posted By bryan2010x:
I know this a dumb one, but why does it take 8 months, to get. What do they investigate, what do you need to have prepared, etc for? Thanks for your help


Because they can
Because that one of the DISincentives to deter you from getting an evil gun
Hence the reason for four references. This harkens back to the days of cronyism.

Voodoobadger  [Member]
9/7/2007 9:56:39 AM
They could issue the permit in MINUTES if they weren't anti-gun.

They have to issue the permit if they can find no just cause for denying it.........but they don't have to be quick about it. 20-25 years ago here in Erie County it was not unheard of to have your permit take 18-24 months. ( Unless you knew someone ). They would simply sit on the paperwork. Thankfully a law was passed that forced them to issue within a reasonable time period. I beleive that time period is 6 months. However, some authorities view that law as meaning "EACH STEP IN THE PROCESS" has 6 months. To that end, when my local sheriff gets my paperwork he holds onto it for 6 months before approving it and passing it on. Add to that the fact that they mail the requests for background checks rather than e-mail or faxing, 2-3 weeks longer, and you can easily build up an 8 month leadtime.


JAGAirborne  [Member]
9/7/2007 8:03:14 PM
the fact that in NY you have to have a permit to buy a gun is ridiculous...and is another reason it takes so long. in pro-gun states, you don't need a permit to purchase. only to carry. in new hampshire, a CCW permit takes about a week for residents, 2 weeks for out of state residents, and is $10 and $20. if new york wasn't run by liberal asshats, you would have your permit in weeks.
dsm7009  [Member]
9/7/2007 8:33:21 PM
It took 13 months for mine to come, Erie County. This was recent too. I had the misfortune of having Buffalo Police do my background check. This was the longest part of the process. The reason I was given is that they only have one officer with this job, I don't buy it.

The reason it take so long is purely by design, they want it to be long so as to discourage people from applying.
one15  [Member]
9/7/2007 8:44:28 PM
steuben county,The wife and I turned in our papers at the same time.We got our permits in the mail 2 days apart but over 100 numbers between our permit numbers and they were signed by two different judges.Took about 3 months total.I think most of the time it takes is spent lying on someones desk.The wife got her ffl license,in new york you have to apply for a new permit in the bussiness name to sell handguns.She had to go through the whole set of hoops as if she was getting her pistol permit for the first.That took about 2 and a half months.
brain  [Team Member]
9/7/2007 10:20:53 PM
....am going through the "process" now, took exactly 10 weeks from the day I dropped off the application and got the fingerprints until I got the letter to come in for the "sheriffs interview", funny thing is it took my wife's waiting period (time between dropping off app and getting fingerprints until letter to come in for interview) almost 13 weeks to the day....strange since her app was right under mine.....and then it took another couple of months until we could schedule a convenient time for the
interview(s);everything is almost completed now, (we need one more piece of paper to put in the file) and then we'll be waiting some more, and waiting.....I turn 49 next week, hopefully I'll be all growed up and responsible and be able to get a pisol by the time I'm 50....
sherm8404  [Team Member]
9/7/2007 10:40:27 PM
Why does a dog lick his balls?
brain  [Team Member]
9/7/2007 11:39:16 PM
yep, because he can....


yep,...reminds me of.....two guys are walking down the street and they see a dog lickin' its balls, one guy says to the other, "hey dontcha ever wish you could do that?" and the other guy replies,
"yeah,....but dontcha think you should pet him first?"


whisky19  [Member]
9/8/2007 10:57:42 AM
5 months to get mine in Orange. Restricted to target and hunting.

Whisky19
Voodoobadger  [Member]
9/8/2007 11:07:31 AM
Can anyone here beat 5 years, 9 months? That's how long it took to finally get my permit. Why? After taking the safety class, getting the references, etc, etc, etc. I moved from one township to another. Approximately 3 miles still within the same county. They returned my paperwork saying I needed referneces from the same township as I resided. I didn'y have any references from my new address. I waited 5 years to the day, got the neighbors for references, took the safety class again, the fingerprints again, submitted the paperwork again. 9 months later got the permit.

Was I getting jerked around? Absolutely
ml2150  [Member]
9/8/2007 11:34:07 AM

Originally Posted By Voodoobadger:
Can anyone here beat 5 years, 9 months? That's how long it took to finally get my permit. Why? After taking the safety class, getting the references, etc, etc, etc. I moved from one township to another. Approximately 3 miles still within the same county. They returned my paperwork saying I needed referneces from the same township as I resided. I didn'y have any references from my new address. I waited 5 years to the day, got the neighbors for references, took the safety class again, the fingerprints again, submitted the paperwork again. 9 months later got the permit.

Was I getting jerked around? Absolutely


I have you beat. The time between the purchase of my 1st gun (a 2nd Generation Glock G21) + safety class and permit in hand was about...8 or nine years.

It would have been longer, had my FFL not died, and Greenburgh PD got tired of keeping my gun, and contacted me after having bounced it a few years around.

'Drew
Voodoobadger  [Member]
9/8/2007 12:09:45 PM
Congratulations on beating my record. Or should I say "Sorry to hear that" ?

Ever wonder how long it would have been had your FFl not died?
pequa1  [Member]
9/8/2007 4:33:31 PM
6 months for mine, 7 months for my better half, both a few years ago in Nassau County. Nothing whatsoever was done on them for five months. No references or neighbors were ever contacted. For mine, they simply called me and asked where I would store them. (Never say fully loaded, near the bed, lol.) Then the officer asked to speak to my wife (all over the phone mind you while I stood two feet away) to ask if she minded that I would have guns in the house. Never gave it a thought that there were long guns here already. But swallow your urges of sarcasm, and yessir- nosir them to death, and you too can get a permit in 6 to 7 months. (The fact that I have an active TS, 28 years in the USAR, no record, good credit, etc etc had no bearing whatsoever.)
sprest22  [Member]
9/8/2007 5:26:38 PM
Took me 6 months in Renss CO.It all went really smooth,we're lucky to have a great pistol permit clerk.
cas  [Member]
9/8/2007 6:48:39 PM

Originally Posted By bryan2010x:
I know this a dumb one, but why does it take 8 months, to get.


Because guns are bad. And so must you be for wanting one.
pequa1  [Member]
9/8/2007 7:45:03 PM

Originally Posted By sprest22:
Took me 6 months in Renss CO.It all went really smooth,we're lucky to have a great pistol permit clerk.


glad it went well, but look at us, happy that it ONLY took six months. if I didn't like the weather, geography, saltwater fishing, friends and family, I'd be outta here !
2gun  [Team Member]
9/8/2007 8:20:47 PM
relax i live in nyc and i had the same crap just to get a rifle and shotgun permit. it took them 7 months to get me the permit and it miraculously took only a few weeks after i stated to call every other day and inquire why it was taking so long.

i kept getting told they were at the whim of the fbi and when the fingerprint check came back they would issue it if i was approved.

these are the same guys that dont know what a m44 mosin nagant is and asked me if it was a semi auto and has a detachable magazine?