ERIE COUNTY — New York state’s recently-passed New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 allows pistol permit holders to request that their information be kept private and confidential. The law directed the New York State Police to create an application to allow permit-holders to be exempt from public disclosure.
“The state police have indicated that they will have these opt-out forms available on Feb. 15th,” said Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs. “In anticipation of this, we are encouraging pistol permit-holders to visit www.erie.gov/optout and enter their email address, so we can immediately send them the form electronically, as soon as we get it.”
This provision was included in the new law, as a result of a recent incident in Westchester County, N.Y., in which a newspaper obtained all of the county’s permit-holder information and posted that data in the form of an interactive Google™ map, listing all county permit-holders’ residences.
Jacobs said that he would like to give permit-holders sufficient time to complete and submit the opt-out form. He added that he is giving his office sufficient time to seal the records of those who opt out of the public disclosure requirement.
Pistol permit holders have 60 days, after the forms are made available, to submit completed forms to the clerk’s office. Permit-holders may enter their email addresses at www.erie.gov/optout. When Jacobs’ office receives the opt-out form from the New York State Police, an electronic version of the form will immediately be sent out to those who pre-subscribed.
After the permit-holder has completed the form in its entirety, it may be mailed to Jacobs, care of the Pistol Permit Office, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.