New requirements in Montgomery County for gun permits

FULTONVILLE — Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and county court Judge Felix Catena are implementing new standards for residents in the county to obtain their pistol permit in order to increase gun safety and gun law knowledge.

Beginning on May 1, every pistol permit applicant within the county will now be required to take a basic pistol safety class.

“This requirement will make a more stable environment and more responsible gun owners,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith. “Judge Catena and I thought it would be a good thing to do for everyone.”

This requirement is already being used in other counties throughout the state, but is new to Montgomery County. The former process of getting a pistol permit only requires applicants take a class at the sheriff’s office on how to fill out the application.

“That is still part of the requirement because you need to know how to fill out the paperwork,” Smith said.

The complete packet to apply for a pistol permit includes personal information, criminal history, finger prints and references. Once the packet is complete, it is brought to the county judge who reviews the packet and either accepts or denies the permit.

With the new requirement, applicants must take the class before bringing the packet to Judge Catena or the application will be denied.

“This is essentially a safety class,” Smith said. “All the sheriff’s office does is teach how to complete paperwork.”

There are four organizations approved to provide the courses. Those organizations include:

∫ Defender Training-Canajoharie Forest Fish and Game Club at 149 Fish and Game Club Road in Canajoharie. They can be contacted by phone at (518) 774-9474 or (518) 774-1644 or by email at thedefendertraining@gmail.com

∫ Pine Tree Rifle Club at 419 Johnson Ave., Gloversville. They can be contacted by phone at (518) 883-8605.

∫ Reliance Training Systems-Target Sports at 122 Saratoga Road, Glenville. They can be contacted by phone at (518) 852-2514 or (518) 355-8923 or by email at Borstcc@aol.com

∫ Learn to Shoot NY at South Schenectady Fire Department at 6 Old Mariaville Road. They can be contacted by phone at (518) 209-1170 of by email at learntoshootny@gmail.com.

These locations are pre-approved to provide the necessary training in order to complete the pistol permit application process. All applicants must take the basic pistol safety class or their permit application will not be submitted to Judge Catena without a certificate showing successful completion of the class.

Once a permit is issued, and if anyone wishes to apply for an unrestricted permit, applicants must take a second class also provided by one of the organizations listed. The class for the unrestricted permit will be more involved, costs more and is longer. It requires applicants to show proficiency with the pistol listed on their permit. However completion of the unrestricted class does not guarantee issuance of an unrestricted permit.

Dates and times for all the class options will be listed on the county website at www.co.montgomery.ny.us under the sheriff’s office departments.