A state judge has ordered Putnam County to turn pistol permit records over to The Journal News, which sued for the data last fall after the county denied the newspaper’s Freedom of Information Law requests.
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In a five-page decision Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary cited the NY-SAFE Act, a sweeping series of gun-control measures that allowed gun owners to remove their names from a public database after the law was enacted in January 2013. Neary ruled that the names remaining on the database — those who did not ask to be removed from it — are a public record and therefore subject to open disclosure laws.
“These provisions address legitimate issues of privacy and safety held by pistol license holders,” the judge wrote. “However, they also unequivocally direct the public disclosure of names and addresses of license holders who did not choose to seek an exception.”
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell did not return several calls seeking comment. The county could appeal the decision.