(570 WSYR) The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department and the Cayuga County Sheriff say there is no deadline for registered gun owners to complete a NYSAFE act "opt-out form." Confusion has devleoped over a May 15th deadline, which many believed mistakenly believe the last day for completing the "opt-out" form. But Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould says registered gun owners can complete the form any time. And once the form is processed, a gun owner's private information cannot be released through FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests.

Onondaga County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Balloni says May 15th was the date when requested records had to be released on gun owners who had not "opted out."

Both the Onondaga and Cayuga County sheriff's offices say "opt-out" applications are backlogged and could take two months to be processed. Until they are, no information can be released on any registered gun owners.

A news release from Cayuga County Sheriff  David Gould:


The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and the Cayuga County Clerk’s Office has recently received numerous inquiries from pistol permit holders regarding the NYSAFE Act “Opt-Out” Privacy Form and the date in which this form needs to be filed by.  There is NO time restraint for pistol permit holders to file the “Opt-Out” Form.  It seems many pistol permit holders are under the impression that forms needed to be submitted by May 15, 2013.  This is not so.  Information regarding pistol permit holders retained by counties was exempt from FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) until May 15, 2013.  To remain exempt from FOIL after this date, an “Opt-Out” Form must be completed and submitted to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office.  Those who have submitted the form prior to May 15th remain exempt from the FOIL provisions.

Anyone wishing to file an “Opt-Out” Form is encouraged to bring completed forms to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office located at

7445 County House Road, Auburn, New York
between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.  Forms are available at the Sheriff’s Office for those who need them.