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New York Judge orders gun owners records released, cites SAFE Act

Posted 03/07/2014 1:13 pm by

Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant says that, "We are fighting the good fight on this," on his continued refusal to turn over the records. (Photo credit: USA Today)


Citing the SAFE Act, State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary on Wednesday ordered Putnam County, New York, to release gun owner information to the Journal News.

“The decision supports that position and enforces the public’s right to open records,” said CynDee Royle, The Journal News’ editor and vice president for news.

This five-page ruling from the court came following a legal battle in which the newspaper, a Gannett publication, sought pistol permit records from three New York counties in the weeks after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

To obtain the information, The Journal News invoked the state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).  While two counties, Westchester and Rockland, complied with the request, Putnam refused, arguing that it could endanger law-abiding gun owners.

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