Location: Niagara County Courthouse, Basement, 175 Hawley St., Lockport, NY 14094 MAP
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: (716) 439-7034
- Pistol Permit Examiner/Court Liaison: William Ingham (716) 439-7163
- Clerical Support Staff: Patti (716) 439-7034 Sheila (716) 439-7028
Pistol Permit Office Hours Revamped
Changes Designed To Speed Up Application Process
Lockport—The Niagara County Pistol Permit Office will roll out new hours next month in an attempt to speed up applications, with County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow noting that a spike in pistol permit applications has slowed down the application process for residents seeking to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
The office will now be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed to the general public on Wednesdays to speed up processing of application paperwork. The change becomes effective the first week of June.
In announcing the decision, the County Clerk’s Office noted, "We believe this small change will result in a more efficient process that will benefit Niagara County pistol permit holders and applicants."
The Pistol Permit Office saw a significant increase in pistol permit applications following the enactment of the New York SAFE Act, the onerous gun control law that the Niagara County Legislature has urged the state to repeal. Due to the significant increase in applications, as well as additional paperwork, including an "opt-out" form that allows pistol permit applicants and permit holders to have their personal information shielded from public disclosure, the pistol permit wait time in Niagara County had slipped from approximately three months to five or more months.
Staff will now utilize Wednesdays, traditionally the slowest-traffic day of the week, to more expeditiously process applications and paperwork.
Jagow also said that he is asking county lawmakers to add an additional employee to the Pistol Permit Office. A resolution to create that position was introduced at Tuesday’s Legislature meeting.
Link to Forms
On January 15, 2013, NY State passed the NYSAFE (New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act)
Visit the website www.nysafeact.com or call the Gun Law Hotline at 1-855-529-4867, available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Assault Weapon Registration
Assault Weapon Registration became effective April 15, 2013.
The New York State Police Assault Weapon(s) Registration form is available at the following link: