Revised privacy laws go into effect for NY gun permit holders

Permit holders will need to check a box explaining why they want their personal information to remain private. (2/15/13)

YONKERS - Gun permit holders in New York will now be able to opt out of having their names and addresses made public.

Starting today, privacy forms are being made available at the offices of all county clerks throughout the state. Permit holders will need to check a box explaining why they want to remain private, with options ranging from being the victim of domestic abuse to ever serving on a criminal jury.

Active or retired members of law enforcement may also opt out.

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The provision was added to New York's new gun control laws after The Journal News published the personal information of gun owners after the Newtown massacre.

In Westchester, the county clerk's office is mailing out the forms to all registered gun permit holders.

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