Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he would seek to limit the public disclosure of pistol permits, saying he would work with Sen. Greg Ball on a solution.
The Republican-led Senate has twice passed legislation, in 2011 and 2012, to prohibit the public release of personal information regarding pistol or revolver licensees, except to law enforcement and to people who want information about a specific name. The measures went nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.
Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, the bill’s sponsor, is introducing it again tomorrow—when the legislative session starts.
“The Senate passed similar legislation in 2011, and Senator Skelos continues to have concerns about violating the privacy of law-abiding New Yorkers, especially the victims of domestic violence,” Scott Reif, spokesman for Senate Republicans, said in a statement to Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “We expect to work with Senator Ball in an effort to find a solution to this problem.”
The renewed push to keep pistol-permit information private comes after the Journal News, owned by Gannett Co. Inc, last month published a map with the names and addresses of every gun-permit holder in Westchester and Rockland counties. The newspaper wants the information from Putnam County, but officials there have refused to release the information, saying it infringes on public safety.
Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, has led the push to keep Putnam County’s information private, and he wants to bill that would keep it that way passed in the Legislature. Ball said he’s planning a rally in Westchester against the Journal News’ actions.
“By creating a virtual shopping list, and ‘hit’ list for criminals and nut jobs, The Journal News has placed the lives of thousands of law enforcement professionals and their innocent families at risk,” Ball said in a statement yesterday. “Simply stated, this map is bad for the good guys and good for the bad guys.”
The Assembly has so far frowned on the measure, but the proposal received a glimmer of hope yesterday when Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, co-chairman of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, said he would be willing to consider the measure has part of a comprehensive gun-control package.