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County Clerk Creates Web-Link for New Gun Law Privacy Provision



Sunday, February 3, 2013

Erie County, NY –New York State’s recently passed gun law “NY SAFE ACT” allows pistol permit holders to request that their information be kept private and confidential.  The law directs the New York State Police to create an application to allow permit holders to be exempt or “opt-out” from public disclosure. 

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

This provision was included in the new law as a result of a recent incident in Westchester County, New York, where a newspaper obtained all the County’s permit holder information and posted it in the form of an interactive Google Map listing the residences of all permit holders in that county. 

Jacobs’ says he is doing this to give the permit holders sufficient time to complete the form and submit it, and also give his office time to seal the records of those permit holders who opt-out of the public disclosure requirement. 

Pistol permit holders have 60 days after the form is made available to submit completed forms to the Clerk’s Office. Permit holders can access the on-line request by going to www.erie.gov/optout and enter their e-mail address. Once the Clerk receives the “opt-out” form from the New York State Police, his office will immediately send out an electronic version to those who subscribed. After the permit holder has completed the form in its entirety, it can be mailed to: Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, c/o Pistol Permit Office, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.