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JACOBS SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO KEEP PISTOL PERMIT INFORMATION PRIVATE



Monday, January 27, 2014

Makes motion for vote at statewide County Clerk's Meeting

Erie County, NY - This morning Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs made a motion at the New York State County Clerk's Association (NYSACC) meeting calling for the State Legislature to pass legislation to keep the information of pistol permit holders protected from public disclosure. 

"The SAFE Act kept the State Police Pistol Permit Database protected from public disclosure yet county pistol permits are not; we are asking for consistent protection of our citizens across-the-board,” said Jacobs. The vote of the statewide County Clerk's Association, representing Clerks from the 62 Counties across the State, was nearly unanimous at today's meeting which laid out the 2014 Legislative Agenda for NYSACC. 

The issue of public disclosure of pistol permits came into question over a year ago when a downstate newspaper obtained the records of Rockland County's pistol permit holders and posted all their information on a website where the public could see the names and addresses of pistol permit holders. An interactive Google map was also created allowing the public to view actual homes of permit holders. Even pistol permit information of those in law enforcement was made public. 

"Most agree that such public disclosure puts both pistol permit and non-pistol permit holders in danger," stated Jacobs.