County clerks are firing back at State Police over who is responsible for seeking to take away guns from people who are deemed mentally ill.
State Police argued last week that it’s the county who is responsible for following up on mental-health referrals after an Erie County man erroneously had his firearms confiscated.
Clerks said it’s not their responsibility, saying in a statement today that they have “no investigatory authority nor are they granted access to any agency to conduct an investigation regarding pistol permits.”
State Police have disagreed, saying in a statement last week that, “The final determination on whether to revoke or suspend a pistol permit license rests solely with the County and the licensing officials. The State Police has no authority to suspend or revoke a pistol permit in these circumstances.”
State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico reiterated that position Monday in an interview with Gannett’s WGRZ in Buffalo.
“You issue the permit the first time, you can do the due diligence when the 9.46 referral comes in,” he said. “All counties that issue permits, and they all do, have a mechanism in place to do the background investigations.”
Here’s the statement from the New York State Association of County Clerks: