HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) - The NY SAFE ACT became law five years ago. It placed new restrictions on assault-type weapons, limited ammunition in guns, and set tougher standards for licensing. One of the provisions of the SAFE ACT is now coming to a deadline as pistol permits owners have to recertify their permits by the end of January 2018 - or face the possibility of having them revoked.
For pistol owners who thought their permits were good for life, the recertification process is causing confusion and anger.
The issue is also re-igniting the debate over the merits of the SAFE ACT.
Those opposed believe it is targeting law-abiding citizens and sets the stage for future firearm confiscation, registration of long-guns / hunting rifles, and increased fees.
Supporters believe the SAFE ACT is making communities safer - with some hoping it will be expanded to include tougher provisions for gun storage and dealing with people charged in domestic incidents.
7 Eyewitness New Reporter Ed Reilly talked with people on both sides of the issue to hear their feelings.