The Erie County Legislature wants County Clerk Chris Jacobs to hold off on responding to public information requests regarding the names and addresses of handgun permit holders until the state court system “has made a definitive ruling” on whether that information should be public.
The Legislature unanimously approved a resolution Thursday asking Jacobs to hold off on those requests following broad reaction to an online map published by the Journal News in White Plains that identified permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. That map has since been removed.
A new state law approved earlier this month placed a 120-day moratorium on releasing public data on handgun permit holders while the state sets up a process through which current and new permit holders can request to keep their information private. The law retained language that makes the name and addresses of permit holders public but provides a new opportunity for those permit holders to opt out if, among other reasons, they feel the release of that information would put them in danger.
The Buffalo News on Jan. 9 submitted a Freedom of Information request in Erie County seeking information about gun permits. The News does not intend to publish a database of the names and addresses of people with registered handguns.