A New York appellate court has ruled in favor of the NYPD’s decision NOT to release the addresses of gun permit holders’ to the NY Times newspaper.
The court found that a lower court had erred in ruling that the Times should have access to the information. The court agreed the information could endanger permit holders and as such was not subject to FOIL. The panel of judges stated at a minimum the NYPD’s case raised “a possibility of endanger[ment]” that was enough to merit an exemption to the Public Officers Law.
The Times indicated they would review their legal options before proceeding further.
A spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg stated, “This is a common-sense decision. Publishing the home address of gun permit holders raises privacy and safety concerns for both gun owners and non-gun owners alike.”
In Rockland County, County Clerk Paul Piperato has said he did not believe he had legal standing to deny the Journal News’ request for gun permit addresses. However, it seems that he may have had a better legal case than he realized.