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Monroe County officials say New York's new gun-control law is proving to be costly. The county clerk's office says they have incurred $177,000 in costs to process opt-out forms that keep pistol owners from being listed in public databases. 

County officials say the law states any costs incurred administering the program will be paid out of the State Police budget, so they are planning to seek reimbursement.

In Genesee County, County Clerk Don Read says he doesn’t know and probably won’t calculate a dollar figure for costs incurred by the opt-out form process; but it has been burdensome. He says it’s difficult to measure the amount of time that staff dedicates to this issue, major projects the office has had to put on hold or how it’s slowed down other services the department provides.

The opt-out form frenzy has slackened from the beginning of the year. Read says the office was dealing with 200-300 opt-out requests a day, and now it’s down to 50. But it’s not just opt-out forms that have bogged down the County Clerk’s office -- Read says the office is on pace to have 10 to 15 times the normal amount of pistol permit requests.

Opt-out request forms are due May 15.

 

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