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Pistol permit "opt-out" privacy forms are now available

BY: The Sun Staff | February 15, 2013

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced that he finally has received from New York State Police the much anticipated “opt-out” form which enable individual pistol permit holders to protect their information from ever being made public.

Permit holders can go to www.erie.gov/optout to print out a copy of the form, fill-it out and mail it or fax it in to the Erie County Clerk. Alternatively all County Auto Bureaus will have copies of the forms available as of Tuesday, Feb. 19, as well as the Pistol Permit Office located at 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

“The ‘opt-out’ is a simple one page form that allows you to choose one of four reasons you desire to keep your information private. Once the permit holder completes the form simply mail it or fax it into our office,” said Jacobs.

Completed forms are to be submitted to: Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, c/o Pistol Permit Office, 92 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202 or faxed to716/858-6550, Attn: Pistol Permit Office.

Jacobs stated that he believes the most common option for permit holders will be option number #4 which states, “I have reason to believe that I may be subject to unwarranted harassment upon disclosure.”

The law provides 60-days for permit holders to exercise this “opt-out” provision before someone can make a request for pistol records. “So we are encouraging pistol permit holders who want assurance that their records will be kept private to complete the form immediately,” said Jacobs.

For a complete listing of your closest Erie County Auto Bureau please visit www.erie.gov/clerk.

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