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NY Court Orders Cuomo's Office to Release SAFE Act Data

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 04:44 PM

A court in New York told Gov. Andrew Cuomo that documents that were requested relating to the SAFE Act firearms registry in January 2014 must be released.

Judge Thomas J. McNamara issued the ruling on April 30, in which he ordered the governor to release records, as per the state's Freedom of Information Law, showing statistical information about the assault weapons registry kept by the New York state police, The Washington Free Beacon is reporting. 

According to court documents, there were about 2,019 FOIL requests from January to September 2014 filed with the state police, "including 36 individual requests for records involving subject matter similar to" what radio show host Bill Robinson had requested."

Robinson is the host of the "Second Amendment Radio Show" and the "Homeland Security Radio Show" on WYSL in Avon, New York. He made the first request for SAFE (Secure Ammunition Firearms Enforcement) Act data in January 2014.

The radio host explained that "the reason we pursued it for our station was to get figures from the government, and they weren't providing it."

"They are supposed to be public servants, and we pay them," he contends. "We've had enough of this nonsense. They work for us, and we want to remind them of that."

The Cuomo administration would not hand over the non-identifying statistical information even though several entities were asking that the information be disclosed, including the New York State Committee on Open Government (SCOPE), the New York Public Interest Research Group, and the New York State League of Women Voters.

The state government must now give Robinson 15 categories of records from the New York state police about how many assault weapons have been registered with the police from Jan. 15, 2013, to the current time; how many people applied to register the applicable weapons; how the information breaks down geographically by county and ZIP code; and more.

The decision was praised by New York Republican legislators.

"Maybe with this great victory in court, we will finally have an open window to see whether this registry is yet another maneuver by the Cuomo administration for personal gain with no public benefit," said Assemblyman David DiPietro.

"The SAFE Act never had anything to do with preventing crime or tragedy, which is why Andrew Cuomo is now refusing to provide any meaningful information about its enforcement," Assemblyman Bill Nojay added. "It was a staged theatric, which will do nothing more than snag otherwise law-abiding New York citizens in a nightmare of compliance problems."

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