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Gun privacy opt-out forms to be available Feb. 15

Posted By Joseph Spector On February 11, 2013 @ 1:13 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Forms for pistol-permits owners to opt out of having their information public should be able starting on Feb. 15, State Police said today.

The permitting is done by county clerks or sheriff’s departments, depending on a resident’s home address.

[1]“The opt-out form is a simple document that the statute directs the superintendent of the State Police to approve,” State Police spokeswoman Kristin Lowman said in an e-mail to Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “It will be available to county clerks as of February 15 to assist them in complying with their FOIL obligations under state law.”

As part of a sweeping gun-control law adopted last month, gun-permit holders can elect to keep their information, such as name and address, private. If they do not fill out the form, the information would be public under the state’s Freedom of Information law.

The opt-out clause came after the Journal News, a Gannett Co. Inc. publication, sparked outrage after it published an interactive map of pistol-permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties in December.

Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo said today that her office has created an on-line registry for people who want to have the form [2] emailed to them when it becomes available. Other clerks around the state said they are also collecting names and addresses of people who want the form.

Westchester County Clerk Tim Idoni said last week that he planned to mail the form to every permit holder in the county to ensure they have an opportunity to participate.

“We are doing everything we can to make it easier for our customers to navigate the provisions of the state’s new gun law and this online registry will make sure permit holders receive the ‘Opt-Out’ privacy form as soon as the State Police make it available,” Dinolfo said in a statement. “Customers will have the convenient option of printing the form at home, completing it and mailing it back to the County Clerk’s Office.”


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[2] created an on-line registry for people who want to have the form: http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-opt-out-form