Fact Check: Tracking gun owners | WHEC.com

Fact Check: Tracking gun owners

Nikki Rudd
Created: May 27, 2021 05:51 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gun control laws have back in the spotlight lately. You can look up who owns a registered handgun in our community. At least that's what a lot of us think. News10NBC's Nikki Rudd did a fact check. 

Even though New York claims to have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, we found out you can keep the fact that you own a gun private. 

It's part of the Safe Act claiming to make New York a safer place to live. 

As part of the law, gun owners can opt-out of having their personal information disclosed under the state's Freedom of Information Law. The request does have to get approved by the courts. 

Here in Monroe County, you can search the Fusion database for pistol permit holders. However, you won't find them all because of that change with the Safe Act. 

Monroe County Clerk Jamie Romeo told News10NBC the number of registered weapons a person has is not public information.

Of course, this only applies to legal weapons. 

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