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For those interested in applying in Otsego county, here are the steps. Its pretty straight forward and easier than alot of the other nonsense that seems to prevail in my favorite state.
  • Print the Application Pistol Permits (right side second blue link). Ensure that you print the application twice.
  • Fill out the application, without signing, and take it to your referances. Have them right their name and address in the appropriate boxes. They will need to do this on both the applications you printed, because you need two of the same application to fill in.
  • When filling out your portion, check Carry Conceal. the instuctions online inform you that "Hunting, Target, and Sporting" are usually accepted reasons to issue a concealled permit.
  • Get passport photos. You can take them yourself and try to print them off, or you can do what I did and drop $10 at the pharmacy/1 hour photo and have them in under 5 minutes.
Then head over to Cooperstown to the Sheriffs Department. Your going to talk to a deputy who is behind a black window. He'll tell you the door to go into. Here your going to meet a nice lady who will do the following:
  • Ask you to verify your address
  • If any of your referances are related to you
  • Ask for your drivers license and photocopy it. Then you'll write your phone number on the copy.
  • Pay the fee of $101.50 (Although the instructions from the website says $104.75)
  • You then sign the application in front of her. Both copies, front and back and address again on the back.
Then your going to go back to the big empty room to the black window and tell them your ready for prints. They will ask you to remove any objects from your pockets and after a short wait youll be brought into the fingerprint room. Here the deputy will do the following:
  • Ask - Full Name, DOB, Place of Birth, Height/Weight, Hair and Eye color, and occupation.
  • Take your photo
  • Scan your fingerprints.
After going through all that I'm pretty stinkin' excited. The lady working there told me that things have been taking 4 to 6 months lately so I may not get my permit until next year. She also told me that she would give me a call if my references haven't turned in their notarized forms within 6 months. Luckily Im good friends with my references. They are all going to call me when they get them, 3 work in a place with notaries. To easy. She also told me that as a member of the military if I bring in my annual qualification scores to her than she can waive the required pistol handling class. Im not sure if I intend to do this or not, as it will largely depend on the price of the class. If its expensive I may opt out, otherwise I wouldn't mind seeing what they have to say.

The officer who did my printing... I hope he isn't the shining example of Otsego county's finest. He seemed to be very arrogant. Talking to me like I was incapable of independent thought as he informed me I would have to remove any metal objects and put them in my car. "Everything metal, guy. EVERYTHING. That means even your beloved phone, watch, pocket knife. Got it?" Yeah. I got it. When I eventually get to come through the door (which has a sign saying the department has a "No hostage" policy?) and head to finger printing the guy is a royal jerk. I tried to carry on a conversation but it proved effortless. Clearly Im not worthy. I did manage to find out that Judge Burns deals with the majority of Pistol Permits with Judge Lambert only dealing with a few. Thats about it.

Sorry its a long post, Im pretty hyped about dropping it off. Wait or no wait, it feels good to get the ball rolling. I think Dan Wesson's 45 guardian sounds like its calling me. I dont know thats alot of money... hmm... maybe a Glock 23... Hmm... How bout a... You get the idea.
 

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The class is free, at least if was when I took it earlier this year. Its a morning sitting in uncomfortable chairs listening to a retired deputy expunge on various topics. Basic firearms saftey, NY state laws and very basic pistol handling are covered. He's a nice guy but only has 3 hours to cover a lot of ground.

And yeah, the deputy behind the glass was a dick. But the kid who took my fingerprints was pretty nice about it. The whole place is really intimidating.
 

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If I may put my 2 cents in. The process isn't bad at all, compared to other counties. The safety class, put on by Rodney Preston in case you were wondering, isn't bad.

As for going to the public safety building to get fingerprints done....YOU ARE ENTERING THE JAIL, of course there is a no hostage policy. I know many in the jail aren't happy go lucky types, but they all are putting themselves in harms way, and pulling a deputy off station to do fingerprints shifts things for them. My advice is to call ahead to the Sheriff's office and let them know you are coming to do this, and make sure that you are not coinciding with shift change (it gets nuts there).

Oh and card style permits are only $5.....get it, it is a better way to go
 

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I just did this back in August, I felt a slight twinge of jealousy as there was another guy in front of me amending his permit, he was dropping an A&K USP and adding a Beretta and a SIG229 from what the lady was saying to him.

2 months down for me hoping the next 2-4 months go fast, and I'm hoping (unreasonably so I believe) that I get my permit before the November 4th gunshow lol, probably won't happen.

Good luck to you!
 

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Been awhile since I looked at the thread. Thanks for the replies. And I hopefully didn't imply that our process is harder than other counties, as thats certainly not the case. I thought besides the deputy's poor attitude the entire process was painless and streamlined. I still think that the deputies in the county building were quite frankly pricks. I didn't tell them a sherriff had to be "pulled off station" to fingerprint me either. They could of had anyone in the office do it. The choice for an officer to do it was theirs. And, putting one's self in harms way is hardly an excuse for being condescending, I know because I've been in harms way. Police with inflated heads is nothing new though, so I honestly wasn't suprised or honestly offended. Its to be expected as the norm, and complimented when it's not.

Based on what you guys have to say about the saftey class, I may attend. I obviously already know about basic firearms saftey and pistol handling, but hearing more about NYS laws never hurts. I've read up on them alot but it never hurts to hear a little more about them. So I think I am going to go and see what the man has to say at the least. I know 2 of my references have already mailed back their forms. I know one hasn't (hes getting seperated/divorced. Lot on his plate) and I need to talk with the other still, but I believe he has sent his.

How long a wait can be expected after all the forums are mailed back? I saw one thread on this forum where a guy had to wait a year. But you guys say you've had yours in under 6 months. Is that six months afteryour forms got mailed back or total process?
 

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Based on what you guys have to say about the saftey class, I may attend. I obviously already know about basic firearms saftey and pistol handling, but hearing more about NYS laws never hurts. I've read up on them alot but it never hurts to hear a little more about them. So I think I am going to go and see what the man has to say at the least. I know 2 of my references have already mailed back their forms. I know one hasn't (hes getting seperated/divorced. Lot on his plate) and I need to talk with the other still, but I believe he has sent his.

How long a wait can be expected after all the forums are mailed back? I saw one thread on this forum where a guy had to wait a year. But you guys say you've had yours in under 6 months. Is that six months afteryour forms got mailed back or total process?
you HAVE to attend the safety class in Otsego, within 6 months of getting the permit, otherwise it is revoked....Otsego Protocol

6 months start to finish, usually about the norm. from application to premit
 

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I received my permit first week of September, it took 8 months. Thus, I've been to the permit office many times recently and the guy behind the tinted glass has been a total dick every single time. Not sure what his problem is but man he is the most arrogant and condescending jerk off I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. I always wonder if he acts like that just because he hates his job, I just can't imagine he could act like that outside the jail. The last time I was there they had a corrections officer at the desk in the lobby and he was very polite and helpful as are the ladies in the permit office. According to the officer it is a new policy to have someone stationed in the lobby.
 

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you HAVE to attend the safety class in Otsego, within 6 months of getting the permit, otherwise it is revoked....Otsego Protocol

6 months start to finish, usually about the norm. from application to premit
If i give them a copy of my pistol qualification score than I do NOT have to attend the course. Perks of being trained by the military. If you had read the first post you would realize this.

I received my permit first week of September, it took 8 months. Thus, I've been to the permit office many times recently and the guy behind the tinted glass has been a total dick every single time. Not sure what his problem is but man he is the most arrogant and condescending jerk off I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. I always wonder if he acts like that just because he hates his job, I just can't imagine he could act like that outside the jail. The last time I was there they had a corrections officer at the desk in the lobby and he was very polite and helpful as are the ladies in the permit office. According to the officer it is a new policy to have someone stationed in the lobby.
Im glad they now have someone at the desk, because when I went there and started hearing voices out of nowhere I diodnt realize that was a tinted window, haha. The ladies in the permit office are an absolute delight to deal with. I don't forsee any issues with them in the future. The lady who I turned my application into was really pleasant and she clearly new what she was doing. Im really looking forward to gettiing my permit. Need to check with one more referance to see if he has mailed it back. Other than that its just the waiting game.
 
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