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Tioga County

Pistol Permit Program

The issuing authority for Pistol Permits is Tioga County Superior Court Judge, Honorable Gerald Keene.  All administrative and investigative duties are performed and managed by Sheriff's Office staff. 

To obtain a pistol permit, an applicant:

  1. Must be a resident of Tioga County, or a Non-NYS resident who is primarily employed, or owns and operates a business within Tioga County
  2. Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application unless honorably discharged from a branch of the U.S Military                                                             
  3. Must be of good moral character
  4. Must not have any felony or serious offense convictions
  5. Must not have suffered from a mental illness or been confined in an institution for a mental illness

If you wish to apply for a Pistol Permit, you may obtain an application packet from the Records window at the Tioga County Sheriffs’ Office located at the Public Safety Building at 103 Corporate Drive, Owego.  Office hours are Mon-Fri, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays).  To learn more about Pistol Permit Fees and more general Pistol Permit Guidelines, select a link below:


                                                      Fee Schedule                            Pistol Permit Guidelines   





New York State Gun Laws (SAFE Act of 2013)


The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE ACT), has been signed into law and is in affect.  The SAFE Act enacts new provisions relating to Mental Health Alerts; Assault Weapons Ban; Regulations on Ammunition; Re-certification of Assault Weapons and Handguns; Universal Background Checks; Tougher penalties for illegal gun use; Safe storage; Keeping guns out of Schools; Protecting families; Webster provision, and; Extending and strengthening Kendra’s Law.


There remain many questions concerning the SAFE Act, and the public is encouraged to become familiar with provisions relating to gun ownership.  To learn more about the SAFE Act and what it means to gun owners, select the following link:


      FOIL EXEMPTION FORM       FAQ'S            NYS SAFE Act

Tioga County Sheriff's Office 103 Corporate Dr Owego, NY 13827