You may want to wait before re-certify

Although county clerks already have the responsibility to maintain pistol/revolver license records, in January 2017 the New York State Police began sending letters to handgun license holders with directions for submitting the license recertification form that is now required under the UnSAFE Act.  For licenses issued before January 15, 2013, the legal deadline to submit the recertification form to the NY State Police is by or before January 31, 2018.

Capital District SCOPE encourages you NOT to submit the form this year (2017) and NOT to submit the information electronically.  Wait until January 2018 to submit the paper form by mail.  Make a copy to keep, and use certified mail return receipt so that you have proof of your mailing and receipt by the New York State Police.

Why not use the electronic form on the State Police website?

• Submitting the form electronically on the State Police website is an option that helps them to effortlessly compile the “pristine” database that is their goal to create.  Since Governor Cuomo and the legislature did not have the people’s best interest at heart when the UnSAFE Act was rammed through and passed in 2013, they do not deserve our clerical assistance in this matter.

Why wait until January 2018?

• Much can happen in the 2017 legislative session and throughout the entire year that could affect this law in one way or another… Time will tell.

• The arrival of hundreds of thousands of forms all at once will overwhelm the office and send a message of coordinated resistance.

• Wait to learn what responses are received by those who respond early.

If, when, and how you submit the form are decisions that each handgun owner has to make.  For those considering noncompliance, understand this may result in the loss of all your firearms and possibly a year in jail.  Many methods of challenging this unjust and unconstitutional law are being considered.  We encourage you to become actively involved in effective Second Amendment organizations to support this effort.

– Capital District SCOPE Board of Directors

Presentation on Pistol License Recertification

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola & Albany County Clerk Bruce Hidley to speak on pistol license recertification requirements….

Monday, Feb. 13th 7:00 pm


Brunswick Sportsman's Club
78 Brunswick Sportsman's Club Rd. Cropseyville, NY 12052
(Off Route 2,  2.4 miles east of Tamarack)

Thank you to Brunswick Sportsman’s Club for hosting this important event & for inviting Capital District SCOPE members!

March 21st meeting of CD SCOPE

Elections for Chairman, Vice Chairman I, Vice Chairman II, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership will take place at the March 21st Meeting of Capital District SCOPE.  The last meeting was cancelled due to poor weather.  The meeting will be at  7pm at Zaloga Post, 4 Everett Rd. Ext., Albany 12205.


Governor Cuomo is discriminating against law-abiding gun owners in New York State again by over reporting patients to the FBI.  Civil Rights attorney Paloma A. Capanna found that Cuomo’s voluntary reporting to NICS of 80,000 residents as involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

According to Capanna,  “In the past 12 months, Governor Cuomo has reported more than 80,000 residents of this State to the FBI for having been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.”.   “Out of the total of more than 460,000 persons reported since 2013, a few people across the state have somehow been targeted by the NYS Police for revocation of their handgun license and confiscation of their firearms.  Every person I have represented to date in such a license hearing has proven to the satisfaction of the court that the report against them was false.  This upsurge in reporting by Cuomo to the FBI is nothing more than opportunism to discriminate against law-abiding gun owners by fanning the flames of societal fear against people who voluntarily seek care and treatment.” says Capanna.

Paloma A. Capanna Press Release

NIC Index Stats by State 2016