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March 20, 2013

Deadline approaches to block gun info access

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“We’re the paper shufflers,” Cassavaw said. “The judge is the licensing officer. He makes the decision, not my staff.”

He said one positive outcome from the SAFE Act is that County Clerk’s Office records are being made current because pistol-permit holders who have not updated their data for perhaps decades are providing revised addresses and lists of new weapons purchased but not entered on their existing permits.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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EXEMPTION QUALIFICATIONS

Under the New York state penal law, those filing for a state firearms-license public-records exemption must state the grounds under which they want pistol-permit information withheld from disclosure. Those grounds include:

▶ If the permit holder's life or safety may be endangered because they are an active or retired police, peace, probation, parole or corrections officer; a person protected under a valid order of protection; a current or past witness to a crime involving a criminal charge; or a participant or previous participant as a juror on a criminal case or who sat on a grand jury.

▶ If the permit holder's life or the life and safety of a spouse, domestic partner or household member may be endangered by disclosure of the information for another reason besides what is outlined above.

▶ If they are the spouse, domestic partner or household member of an active or retired police, peace, probation, parole or corrections officer; a person protected under a valid order of protection; a current or past witness to a crime involving a criminal charge; or a participant or previous participant as a juror on a criminal case or who sat on a grand jury.

▶ They may be the subject of unwarranted harassment if such information is disclosed.

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