Gun owners need to be patient. There is a huge back up of pistol permit recertification applications and state officials cannot keep up.

Gun owners need to be patient. There is a huge back up of pistol permit recertification applications and state officials cannot keep up.

Under the Safe Act, everyone who got a pistol permit prior to 2013 had to get it recertified by the end of January.

According to the NBC affiliate in Buffalo, some 300,000 applications have been filed as of last week. About 50,000 of those were mailed in.

State Police say it could take up to a full year to process all of them.

Last month, police stood firm on their Jan. 31 deadline. However, despite all the reminders for gun owners to get this taken care of, police say they are still accepting recertifications.

State officials said they will not pull any gun licenses while the Pistol Permit Bureau goes through the painstaking process of handling the paper filings.

The database is meant to identify decades of permits on file. The state wants to determine whether they are still active, if that gun owner is still living, or even still owns a gun.

Some state officials including the clerk for the Buffalo region worry New York was not ready to do this. They believe the pledge to protect permits needs to come from higher up.

"There's been no executive order by the governor, there's been no change by the legislature,” Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns said. “So technically many people are not in compliance with the law and that's concerning for me.”

The Jan. 31 deadline was for people who got permits before 2013. Those who got them after that date will have to go through the process by the five year anniversary date of when they got their permit.