|Submitted||June 1, 2017|
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Dear Records Officer,
This is a request under Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)) for certain firearms records held by the Judicial Circuit (the Circuit) of Florida.
It is our understanding that when a law enforcement agency in the Circuit’s jurisdiction wishes to dispose, sell or otherwise transfer firearms under the agency’s custody, the agency first submits a transfer request to the Circuit. That request, sometimes called a “Firearms List for Transfer,” is essentially a list that includes the make, model, caliber and serial number of each firearm, along with the case number associated with each firearm. We obtained one such request from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office and attached it to this request for your reference.
Once the Circuit receives such a request, it reviews the relevant case files and issues a determination on whether it is appropriate for each of the firearms to be transferred.
Therefore, we are asking for access to and copies of the following records:
Part 1) Every firearms transfer request submitted to the Circuit from Jan. 1, 2013 through June 1, 2017.
Part 2) Every determination rendered by the Circuit on each of the firearms transfer requests released in response to Part 1.
I am a reporter with The Trace, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit news organization headquartered in New York, New York. I am making this request through MuckRock’s public records management service, which we use to file and track public records requests.
As a member of the news media, I will be making information obtained from this request available to the general public; I am not seeking it for commercial purposes.
If there are charges associated with this request, I respectfully ask to be made aware of the estimated costs before my request is completed.
I prefer the requested documents be sent electronically, by email attachment if available, or CD-ROM if not. If standard mail must be used for the release of any records or correspondence, please send to the following address:
Attn: Brian Freskos
428 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me on my cell phone: (919) 522-6354.
Thank you in advance for your assistance with this request.
Thank you for contacting the Office of the State Attorney. We have received your public records request. This request has been assigned to Public Records No. 17-220 and will be processed in accordance with the Florida Public Records Law. Your request will be reviewed by our legal department in order to establish what information is available for public disclosure, once we retrieve the information that you are seeking and review the records for redactions, we will contact you with an estimated cost pertaining your request if there is any.
Brigitte Valbuena, FRP
Public Records Division
Office Of The State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit
401 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Legal Affairs and Appeals Unit