How can I obtain a handgun safety certificate?


Handgun safety is a primary concern of the Sheriff’s Office in screening prospective applicants and a handgun safety course is required prior to application processing.  ONLY a certificate issued by any of the Certified Instructors listed below will be accepted. 

16 Hour Approved Concealed Carry Course

    Matt Mallory: 315-567-9268 ~

    Firearms Training of WNY: James Emmick ~ ~ 716-903-2558

    On Target Firearms: Brian Bannerman ~ 585-545-4988     


    Buck Stephens: 800-506-6994 ~

    Rochester Personal Defense, LLC: David Jenkins ~ 585-406-6758 ~

    Concealed Coalition:  800-805-2238 ~ ~

4 Hour Approved Basic Course

    Chauncey Bennett dba CCB Training: 607-345-0054 ~

    CNY Police Academy (OCC): 315-498-6046 ~

    Kevin Dix: 315-695-1209 or 315-592-8724

    Stephen Morgan: 607-351-8666 ~ or

    JD Sporting: John Drapikowski ~ 315-727-7534 ~

    Laura Purdy: ~ 315-857-8465

**Any individual who seeks to obtain a concealed carry license for a pistol or revolver will be required to take the 16-hour classroom and 2-hour live-fire firearm safety training course. This will be required for concealed carry licenses issued on or after September 1, 2022.

Local licensing officers have the discretion to determine whether a portion or all of the firearms training requirement is satisfied for those applicants who completed a firearm safety course in the previous 5 years prior to September 1, 2022**


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1. How do I schedule an appointment with the Identification Officer when I have completed my application paperwork?
2. What is the basic criteria for applying for a permit?
3. Can a pistol permit application be mailed or faxed to me?
4. How do I apply for a permit?
5. What are the required fees of a new permit application?
6. What types of criminal arrest / offenses must I disclose?
7. How long will my permit remain valid?
8. How often do I have to re-certify my Pistol/Revolver permit?
9. How do I obtain a duplicate permit should mine be lost or destroyed?
10. How long does the permit process take?
11. How can I obtain a handgun safety certificate?
12. What types of pistol permits can I apply for?
13. Where is my permit / license valid?
14. What happens if I change my address?
15. How do I find Article 400.00 Licensing and other provisions relating to firearms?
16. What is the cost of filing an amendment form or completing a transfer?
17. How do I obtain a coupon to pick up a handgun I just purchased?
18. Is there a contact number should I have additional questions?
19. 19. What are the recent changes to New York State Firearms Laws?