ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Last month, pistol permit holders were put on notice that without opting out, their personal information could be released to the public. Now the Onondaga County Sheriff says none of the names in this county will be released.
Sheriff Walsh says his department will be denying a "Freedom of Information" request filed by a company called "Emerges." It sought the names and addresses of all pistol permit owners in New York State.
Walsh says with some research, he was able to determine the company was going to use the list for commercial purposes. That allows Walsh to deny their "FOIL" request.
Walsh believes only law enforcement officials should have access to the list.
"When our officers go to somebody's house, they know whether or not that person may or may not possess a fire arm. That's useful to us. Other than that, I can't think of any legitimate reason for anybody to have that information," said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.
So far, 15,000 permit owners have opted against having their personal information on the public list. The right to do so was granted by a provision of the SAFE act.
The Sheriff says there are at least 37,000 pistol permit owners in Onondaga County.