New York News
5:49 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

NY handgun licensees can file privacy form

January 15, 2013, Albany - Governor Cuomo signed into law the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the toughest gun laws in the nation. The legislation includes provisions to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and potentially dangerous mental health patients, and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's licensed handgun owners can keep their information private using a new form from State Police.

The forms, available online, should be submitted at county offices where pistol owners registered.

They can exempt their information from the state Freedom of Information Law, which some newspapers have used to identify owners.

The exemption provision was included in the state's gun control law enacted Jan. 15. 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 15.

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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Online:

http://www.troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/Public_Records_Exemption/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.