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New proposed legislation would tighten privacy protections for gun owners

Posted at 12:46 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 12:46:09-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A New York State Legislator is proposing new legislation that would tighten privacy protections for gun owners as they apply for permits.

State Senator Chris Jacobs (R) announced the proposed legislation Friday.

“My bill presumes gun owners prefer to keep their personal licensing and application information private from the general public, and it affords that protection by ensuring the information is only made public through a court order, or if the applicant chooses to allow public disclosure,” said Jacobs. “The automatic disclosure that exists today acts as a deterrent to applicants and an unnecessary infringement on the second amendment rights of lawful gun owners.”

According to Jacob's office, people can look up personal information of people who currently apply for a pistol permit. The proposed bill would also protect personal information from others when residents apply for permit re-certification.