ALBANY, NY – September 4, 2019 — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed State Senator Alessandra Biaggi’s bill S6160 into law yesterday, granting local law enforcement access to records of applications for licenses of firearms.
State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx/Westchester) issued the following statement:
“The SAFE Act allows handgun holders and applicants to request that their application information be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law, but fails to provide local law enforcement access to those records. The purpose of this bill is to close that loophole so that when a local officer responds to a situation, particularly in cases of domestic violence, they know whether or not they are entering a home where a firearm is present. Easy access to this information will allow local police to take the necessary precautions to protect both themselves and others when responding to an emergency. I thank Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for signing this bill into law – it is imperative that we provide our brave law enforcement officers with the necessary information to stay safe and better serve our communities.”
SOURCE: Maya Moskowitz | Press Secretary | NYS Senator Alessandra Biaggi – SD-34 | The Bronx and Westchester County.