Freedom of Information Law and NY SAFE ACT:


The NYSAFE Act protects the privacy of pistol license holders by permitting them to notify a County Clerk that they do not wish for their information to be released publicly.

Under the law, current licensees and new applicants may make this notification to their licensing officer using a form approved by the Superintendent of the New York State Police.

Pistol permit information held by the county is currently exempt from FOIL and will be until May 15, 2013. At that time, those who have submitted the form will remain exempt from the FOIL provisions unless the licensing authority has refused to grant the exemption. Those wishing to apply for the exemption should do so by May 15, 2013, to avoid any disclosure.

You may file the form anytime. However, after May 15, 2013, if you have not yet filed an exemption form, your information may be subject to release under FOIL.

If you file a form in the future and your request is granted, your information will once again be exempt from FOIL.

FOIL Exemption Form

To submit your form, take it to your local licensing office.

Here are some addresses:

Retired Court Personnel living withing NYC:
One Police Plaza
Pistol Lic. Div. room 110
New York, NY 10038
Attn:Retirees Section

Commanding Officer
One Police Plaza
Room 152B
New York, NY 10038
Attn: Records Room

The NYS Police have told us that this form is not needed at the state level because the State Police records are exempt from foil requests under the new law. If your weapon was purchased on a C-Form as a peace officer, your information is protected. If you put that weapon on your county permit, then that information is NOT protected at the city/county level and can be released under the FOIL, unless you use the “opt out form.” In those cases, the form must go to the licensing officer that you have the pistol permit with.