A08212 Summary:

BILL NO    A08212 

SAME AS    SAME AS S05694

SPONSOR    Lupardo (MS)

COSPNSR    Brindisi

MLTSPNSR   

Amd S400.00, Pen L

Relates to the filing of approved applications for licenses for the possession
of firearms.
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A08212 Actions:

BILL NO    A08212 

06/11/2015 referred to codes
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A08212 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A08212 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A8212

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the penal law, in relation to the
filing of approved applications for licenses to carry, possess, repair
and dispose of firearms

PURPOSE:

This bill amends the penal law to state that pistol permit
applications and the supporting records are not public records and are
not subject to FOIL, but certain statistical data is still available
for release.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends Penal Law 400.00(5) to require that pistol permit
applications and the supporting records are not public records and are
not subject to FOIL. This section also removes all the opt-out
provisions and changes the repository of such information from The
State Police to the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Additionally, this Bill permits the release of statistical data about
permit holders on a county by county basis but requires no identifying
information about a registrant be disclosed.

Section 2 states that this act shall take effect the first of November
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

EXISTING LAW:

Under current law, the name and address of an approved applicant for a
firearms license is a public record and subject to Freedom of
Information Law requests.

JUSTIFICATION:

This bill is one in a series of proposed reforms to the SAFE Act. As
we continue to work towards ameliorating unreasonable provisions of
the SAFE Act, those provisions which are most onerous to law abiding
citizens need to be addressed immediately. Pistol Permit holders
should not have to take affirmative steps to protect their personal
information that is on file New York State in order for such
information to be kept confidential. This Bill requires the State to
keep such information confidential and not subject to release through
Foil application.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect the first of November neat succeeding the
date on which it shall have become a law.

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A08212 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         8212

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                     June 11, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M.  of A. LUPARDO, BRINDISI -- read once and referred to
         the Committee on Codes

       AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to  the  filing  of  approved
         applications  for  licenses  to  carry, possess, repair and dispose of
         firearms

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1.  Subdivision  5  of  section  400.00  of the penal law, as
    2  amended by chapter 1 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
    3    5. Filing of approved applications.  [(a)]  The  application  for  any
    4  license,  if  granted,  shall be filed by the licensing officer with the
    5  clerk of the county of issuance, except that in the  city  of  New  York
    6  and,  in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, the licensing officer shall
    7  designate the place of filing in the  appropriate  division,  bureau  or
    8  unit  of the police department thereof, and in the county of Suffolk the
    9  county clerk is hereby authorized to transfer all  records  or  applica-
   10  tions  relating  to  firearms to the licensing authority of that county.
   11  [Except as provided in paragraphs (b) through (f) of  this  subdivision,
   12  the  name  and  address]  THE  APPLICATION  AND  ANY SUPPORTING RECORDS,
   13  INCLUDING ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, of any person  to  whom  an
   14  application  for  any  license  has  been  granted shall NOT be a public
   15  record AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO ARTICLE SIX OF
   16  THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW. Upon application by a licensee who has  changed
   17  his  OR  HER  place  of  residence such records or applications shall be
   18  transferred to the appropriate officer at the licensee's  new  place  of
   19  residence.  A  duplicate  copy of such application shall be filed by the
   20  licensing officer  in  the  executive  department,  division  of  [state
   21  police]  CRIMINAL  JUSTICE SERVICES, Albany, within ten days after issu-
   22  ance of the license. The [superintendent] COMMISSIONER of [state police]
   23  CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES may designate that such application  shall  be
   24  transmitted  to the division of [state police] CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD11195-01-5
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    1  electronically. In the event the [superintendent]  COMMISSIONER  of  the
    2  division  of [state police] CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES determines that it
    3  lacks any of the records required to be filed with the division, it  may
    4  request  that  such  records be provided to it by the appropriate clerk,
    5  department or authority and such clerk, department  or  authority  shall
    6  provide the division with such records. In the event such clerk, depart-
    7  ment  or  authority  lacks  such  records,  the division may request the
    8  license holder provide information sufficient to constitute such  record
    9  and  such  license  holder shall provide the division with such informa-
   10  tion. Such information shall be limited to the  license  holder's  name,
   11  date of birth, gender, race, residential address, social security number
   12  and  firearms possessed by said license holder. Nothing in this subdivi-
   13  sion shall be construed to change the expiration date or  term  of  such
   14  licenses  if  otherwise  provided  for  in  law.  Records  assembled  or
   15  collected for purposes of inclusion in the database established by  this
   16  section  shall  be released pursuant to a court order. Records assembled
   17  or collected for purposes of inclusion in the database created  pursuant
   18  to  section  400.02  of  this  [chapter] ARTICLE shall not be subject to
   19  disclosure pursuant to article six of the  public  officers  law  EXCEPT
   20  THAT  THE  TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS REGISTERED IN ANY COUNTY OF THE STATE
   21  MAY BE DISCLOSED WITHOUT  ANY  OTHER  IDENTIFYING  INFORMATION  ABOUT  A
   22  REGISTRANT.
   23    [(b)  Each application for a license pursuant to paragraph (a) of this
   24  subdivision shall include, on a separate written form  prepared  by  the
   25  division of state police within thirty days of the effective date of the
   26  chapter  of  the  laws  of  two  thousand  thirteen,  which amended this
   27  section, and provided to the applicant at the same time and in the  same
   28  manner  as  the application for a license, an opportunity for the appli-
   29  cant to request an exception from his  or  her  application  information
   30  becoming  public  record  pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subdivision.
   31  Such forms, which shall also be made available to  individuals  who  had
   32  applied for or been granted a license prior to the effective date of the
   33  chapter of the laws of two thousand thirteen which amended this section,
   34  shall notify applicants that, upon discovery that an applicant knowingly
   35  provided  false  information, such applicant may be subject to penalties
   36  pursuant to section 175.30 of this chapter, and further, that his or her
   37  request for an exception shall be null and void, provided  that  written
   38  notice  containing  such  determination  is  provided  to the applicant.
   39  Further, such forms shall provide each applicant an opportunity to spec-
   40  ify the grounds on which he or  she  believes  his  or  her  application
   41  information should not be publicly disclosed. These grounds, which shall
   42  be identified on the application with a box beside each for checking, as
   43  applicable, by the applicant, shall be as follows:
   44    (i)  the  applicant's  life  or safety may be endangered by disclosure
   45  because:
   46    (A) the applicant is an active or retired police officer, peace  offi-
   47  cer, probation officer, parole officer, or corrections officer;
   48    (B)  the applicant is a protected person under a currently valid order
   49  of protection;
   50    (C) the applicant is or was a witness in a criminal proceeding involv-
   51  ing a criminal charge;
   52    (D) the applicant is participating or  previously  participated  as  a
   53  juror  in  a criminal proceeding, or is or was a member of a grand jury;
   54  or
   55    (E) the applicant is a spouse, domestic partner or household member of
   56  a person identified in this subparagraph or subparagraph  (ii)  of  this
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    1  paragraph,  specifying  which  subparagraph or subparagraphs and clauses
    2  apply.
    3    (ii) the applicant has reason to believe his or her life or safety may
    4  be endangered by disclosure due to reasons stated by the applicant.
    5    (iii)  the applicant has reason to believe he or she may be subject to
    6  unwarranted harassment upon disclosure of such information.
    7    (c) Each form provided for recertification pursuant to  paragraph  (b)
    8  of  subdivision ten of this section shall include an opportunity for the
    9  applicant to request an exception from the information provided on  such
   10  form  becoming  public record pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subdivi-
   11  sion. Such forms shall notify applicants that, upon  discovery  that  an
   12  applicant  knowingly  provided  false information, such applicant may be
   13  subject to penalties pursuant to section 175.30  of  this  chapter,  and
   14  further,  that  his  or  her  request for an exception shall be null and
   15  void, provided that written  notice  containing  such  determination  is
   16  provided to the applicant. Further, such forms shall provide each appli-
   17  cant  an opportunity to either decline to request the grant or continua-
   18  tion of an exception, or specify the grounds on which he or she believes
   19  his or her information should not be publicly disclosed. These  grounds,
   20  which  shall be identified in the application with a box beside each for
   21  checking, as applicable, by the applicant, shall be the same as provided
   22  in paragraph (b) of this subdivision.
   23    (d) Information submitted on the forms described in paragraph  (b)  of
   24  this subdivision shall be excepted from disclosure and maintained by the
   25  entity  retaining  such  information  separate  and apart from all other
   26  records.
   27    (e) (i) Upon receiving a request for exception  from  disclosure,  the
   28  licensing  officer  shall  grant  such  exception, unless the request is
   29  determined to be null and void, pursuant to paragraph (b) or (c) of this
   30  subdivision.
   31    (ii) A request for an exception from disclosure may  be  submitted  at
   32  any time, including after a license or recertification has been granted.
   33    (iii)  If an exception is sought and granted pursuant to paragraph (b)
   34  of this subdivision, the application information  shall  not  be  public
   35  record,  unless  the  request  is  determined to be null and void. If an
   36  exception is sought and granted pursuant to paragraph (c) of this subdi-
   37  vision, the  information  concerning  such  recertification  application
   38  shall  not be public record, unless the request is determined to be null
   39  and void.
   40    (f) The information of licensees or applicants for a license shall not
   41  be disclosed to the public during the  first  one  hundred  twenty  days
   42  following  the effective date of the chapter of the laws of two thousand
   43  thirteen, which amended this section. After such period, the information
   44  of those who had applied for or been granted  a  license  prior  to  the
   45  preparation  of  the form for requesting an exception, pursuant to para-
   46  graph (b) of this subdivision, may be released only if such  individuals
   47  did not file a request for such an exception during the first sixty days
   48  following  such  preparation;  provided,  however,  that  no information
   49  contained in an application for licensure or  recertification  shall  be
   50  disclosed  by  an  entity  that  has  not  completed processing any such
   51  requests received during such sixty days.
   52    (g) If a request for an exception is determined to be  null  and  void
   53  pursuant  to  paragraph (b) or (c) of this subdivision, an applicant may
   54  request review of such determination pursuant to  article  seventy-eight
   55  of  the  civil  practice  laws  and rules. Such proceeding must commence
   56  within thirty days after service of the written  notice  containing  the
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    1  adverse  determination. Notice of the right to commence such a petition,
    2  and the time period therefor, shall be included in  the  notice  of  the
    3  determination.  Disclosure  following  such a petition shall not be made
    4  prior to the disposition of such review.]
    5    S  2. This act shall take effect the first of November next succeeding
    6  the date on which it shall have become a law.
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