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Pistol-permit owners around New York State will soon be able to sign up to opt out of having their information made public. 

State Police officials say opt-out forms will be available beginning Feb.15. Gun permit holders can now elect to keep their information private as part of the new SAFE Act legislation adopted last month. If they don't fill out the form, their information can be made public via the Freedom of Information Law.

Erie and Monroe Counties have already set up a website and a database for collecting e-mails for those interested in entering the opt-out registry. Genesee County Clerk Don Read was not immediately available for comment regarding registry plans locally.

Here is the government website for more information about the SAFE Act: http://www.governor.ny.gov/2013/gun-reforms-faq, or call 855-LAW-GUNS (529-4867)

UPDATEGenesee County still has no concrete plans to set up a registry for pistol-permit owners to opt-out of their information being made public.

County Clerk Don Read says Genesee County is waiting for more official instructions from the state and State Police before any announcement for residents. Read says the office needs to maintain efficiency and cost-effectiveness and that copying our larger neighboring counties doesn’t make sense at this time. Once more information is available, likely later in the week, the county clerk’s office will announce where Genesee County pistol permit owners can obtain the forms. Read says there will still be plenty of time to process the paperwork.

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