BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced Wednesday the Erie County Pistol Permit Department will now be accepting new applications for pistol permits by mail.
All in-person services were suspended at the Erie County Clerk’s Office Pistol Permit Department on March 18.
“Throughout the COVID response, we received many requests from the public about Pistol Permit Department services, and we did our best to perform remote services. During COVID-19 response operations, and for the first time we can recall, the Pistol Permit Department became completely current with processing applications. Additionally, license holders were still able to submit requests to add or delete firearms from their license through the mail. A lot of citizens took advantage of this opportunity,” said Kearns.
With courts returning Kearns says the county’s licensing officer may once again consider new pistol permit applications by mail only. If you wish to review your application with someone from the clerk's office before submission you will have to wait until the office can restore appointments.
You are advised to refer to the Erie County Clerk’s Office website for detailed instructions before mailing in your new application, if you have any further questions you can call (716) 858-4767.
“Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We are doing everything we can to work efficiently and provide as many services as possible, while also ensuring the safety of the public,” said Kearns.