Opt-Out Privacy Forms For Pistol Permit Holders

Area county clerks reported dozens of calls and office visits Friday from gun-permit holders seeking to keep information about their pistol licenses private. Friday was the first day a new privacy form was made available by New York State Police.

The new privacy form is supposed to be avialable online at the State Police website, but the link doesn't work.

The form is available online here at Finger Lakes Daily News.

State police say it will keep information such as a person's name and address--private.

Otherwise, the information would be made public under the state's Freedom of Information law.

The exemption provision was included in the state's gun control law enacted January 15th. It requires stating a reason for the exemption, though it also says they will be granted unless the filing was untimely or the information false.

Under the law, all current licensing information will be exempt from disclosure until May 15th.

The law mandates handgun license renewals at least every five years. Many counties previously issued lifetime licenses, which now expire in 2018.

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