Rockland Receives Pistol Permit Public Record Exemption Forms

They are available at the county clerk's office and online


Forms to opt out of public records for those with pistol permits were given to Rockland County Friday afternoon at about 2 p.m., according to County Clerk Paul Piperato.

They can be filled out at the county clerk’s office in New City, or printed out, filled in at home and then mailed into the offices located at 1 South Main Street, Suite 100, New City, NY 10956, Attn: Opt-Out. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, although it’s closed this upcoming Monday for Presidents Day.

The one-page form can be found on the front page of the county clerk’s website and can be completed by applicants for pistol permits and those currently licensed to have a firearm. The form also asks why you want your information private and gives a few options to choose from, or space to write in an answer.

“I think next week I’m going to take some forms to gun retailers and police organizations as well to help get the word out,” Piperato said. “We want everyone who might want to fill out an exemption form to know they’re available.”

Piperato added that once the form is in, it just has to be signed off by a judge and then the person’s name will be exempt from public records. He also said it’s important to get the forms in soon for those who want to be exempt because since the Penal Law was changed to include the option for exception there is a freeze on releasing the public records that will go through mid May.

“People need to know that just since the law has passed doesn’t mean they're not in the public records anymore,” Piperato said. “They have to actually fill out the form and get it to my office either in person or by mail before they can be exempt.”

Another gun-related item Piperato has been working on recently is the distribution of free trigger locks. He said his office started giving them out to people last week, and while he didn’t know a rough estimate of how many he’s given out, he said his office is still giving them away.

“We haven’t been overwhelmed with requests for them or anything,” he said. “We have plenty left.”

Kevin February 17, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Alan. you make no sense. It is not ur right to know who has a gun. For that you are wrong.
Kevin February 17, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Mike V February 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Bravo Clarkstown!!! Take that Journal News!!
Alan Kaufman March 31, 2013 at 03:38 PM
A "Right to Know" doesn't imply a need to know. Alan, what would you or any of the readers of the J-N do with the information, move? The fact is that CCW holders in Rockland have all undergone extensive background checks, including neighborhood interview, and have been adjudged by the Rockland County Court to be capable of being trusted with carrying a pistol. They are, in fact, the people least likely to commit a crime or to be careless with firearms. Alan, instead of being outraged, you should take comfort in the fact that your neighbors are trusted by the court and stand ready to protect you and your children as well as themselves
DTOMe April 01, 2013 at 09:56 PM
@Alan-Right on point.. We are extensively looked at-We have to take a safety course which is given by one of the Sheriffs. We have an FBI background Check-We are fingerprinted, we are questioned and then our paperwork goes to a local judge who checks over everything and approves or disapproves.. it take about 6-9 months. When we purchase a firearm-we go through another background check each and everytime we make a purchase-I'm not the one you need to worry about.. I have been vetted at every step of the way-it's the criminal who bought their gun from the street illegally with none of the checks.. who will use that gun to commit a crime against you.. noone knows who they are, or what they will do next.. be outraged at the fact that they are usually multile offenders...They guy or girl next door is looking out for you..


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