The New York SAFE Act is bad law for many reasons. One of those is that it allows for the release of personal information of those who have applied for and received permits to exercise their right to keep and bear arms (handgun permits) UNLESS that permit holder has specifically filed a piece of paper to “opt out.” Sheriff David Gould of Cayuga County, however, is refusing to provide those details, even for those who have not opted out. Yes, that’s in violation of the new SAFE Act, but it’s based on his own “common sense” view on the situation . . .
The gun control law states that the name and address of a pistol permit holder “shall be a public record” unless the holder files an opt-out form with the county sheriff’s office.
But Gould said the requirement intruded on law-abiding gun owners’ privacy while helping the bad guys.
“That’s absolutely ridiculous,” Gould said. “I won’t release names to people who (file a Freedom of Information Law request). It’s not any of their business. They can FOIL all they want, they can do all they want, but right now, no one who legally possesses a weapon will be known by anyone.”
There’s something remarkable about this story. syracuse.com is a New York-based news outlet, but there isn’t a single remark in the article in opposition to Gould’s stance. There’s no typical “other side” balancing quote about saving the children or even a statement from the MAIG warehouse of pompous and condescendingly disappointed commentary. Could it be that the tide in the Empire State is starting to turn against the SAFE Act?