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Sheriff candidate calls for expansion of pistol safety program

Republican Saratoga County Sheriff candidate Michael Zurlo wants to expand the availability of pistol safety courses in the county.

In a news release earlier today, he said the county doesn't offer enough of these classes and there is a backlog created by the demand. Zurlo wants to add pistol safety permit courses that would be taught by certified National Rifle Association Instructors.

"By adding additional safety courses to the calendar each month, Saratoga County residents waiting to register for a safety course will be able to do so at a more convenient pace," he said in a statement. "This plan will lessen, or even eliminate, a considerable backlog of applications waiting to be processed for enrollment into a safety course, while at the same time encouraging the safe handling of pistols."

"The education provided by these courses is another way that we are promoting safer communities," Zurlo added.

Saratoga Arms Fair Operator David Petronis described the plan as a step in the right direction.

"Saratoga County has been known over the years to have a slow permit process, with limited safety course availability," he said in a statement. "I am pleased to see that Sheriff candidate, Micheal Zurlo understands the need to fix a broken system and encourage pistol safety."

Zurlo's major opponent this fall is Conservative candidate Phil Lindsey, who also has the Democratic line. Zurlo also has the Independence line.

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