Tonawanda News

Local News

March 22, 2013

Gun privacy forms to be available

Tonawanda News — Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced Sunday that forms for pistol owners who do not want their permit information to be released will be available starting Feb. 15.

“The State Police have indicated that they will have these ‘opt-out’ forms available on Feb. 15. In anticipation of this we are encouraging pistol permit holders to visit and enter their e-mail address so we can immediately send them the form electronically as soon as we get it,” Jacobs said.

The state’s new gun control law, the NY Safe Act, allows pistol permit holders to request that their information stay private and confidential, and directs police to create a way for permit holders to opt out of public disclosure. 

The provision was included in the law as a result of the incident in Westchester in December when a newspaper obtained the records of the county’s permit holders under public records law and publicized them on the paper’s website in a form of a map charting every permit holder in the county.

Faced with mounting public backlash that the map was a tool criminals could exploit, the newspaper later took down the map, but anger over the controversy lingered into the debate over new gun control laws in Albany, brought up in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.

Pistol permit holders have 60 days after the form is made available to submit their privacy request to the clerk’s office. The forms can be mailed to Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, c/o Pistol Permit Office, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage