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Transaction volume as well as convenience dictates adding Fridays to the schedule

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced that his office is adding a second day to the Pistol Permit Satellite Office at Elma Town Hall, located at 1600 Bowen Road due to transaction volume and convenience for permit holders.  The office will now service Erie County residents as well on Fridays, beginning February 9th, from 9:00AM- 1:00PM and 2:00PM- 5:00PM in addition to the normal Wednesday schedule.

This service enables pistol permit holders that currently have plastic permit cards to take advantage of the following services: add/remove firearms, update personal information, pick up new or upgrade applications, and assistance with general pistol permit questions. No cash, checks or money orders will be accepted. Fees will be payable by credit card only. 

“The pistol satellite office in Elma is tremendously popular,” said Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns. “This satellite location conducts 150 transactions on average every Wednesday, meeting the needs of our customers is always a priority.” Kearns added, “The numbers bare out and dictate the increase in accessibility.” 

Those interested in applying for a pistol permit or moving from a paper permit to a plastic card permit must do so at the Pistol Permit office located in Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo. Please note the office is still accepting transactions, with proper payment, by mail.

“Driving downtown is not convenient for many and securing parking can be difficult on any given day. Convenience is also noteworthy as the parking easy, provides spaces accessible to people with disabilities, and is free at Elma Town Hall. Many permit holders tell us they spend more in parking fees than to amend their pistol permits and they devote more time trying to find a parking spot and walk to office than they do completing their transaction,” stated Kearns.

For additional information, please contact the Pistol Permit Department at 716-858-8785 (option #3) or go to