N.Y. gun bill touches on public-records law

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. — The final New York gun-control provisions expected to be passed today include a limit in the state records law to protect handgun owners from being identified publicly.

The provision would allow a handgun permit holder a way to avoid being subject to the Freedom of Information law.

The proposal comes as Republican state Sen. Greg Ball criticized The Journal News newspaper for identifying pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties on the basis of data from a FOIL request.

The provisions also include a much tighter assault weapon ban and restrictions on ammunition and sale of guns.

The provisions obtained by the Associated Press were confirmed by five legislative officials. The New York Times reported that “the legislation would prohibit disclosure of the names in the new statewide gun-registration database, and would allow individuals to exempt their own names and addresses from being disclosed by counties that have such databases.”

The state Assembly was still debating the overall gun-control bill this afternoon.


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