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Dec 26 - New York Newspaper Publishes Names & Addresses Of Gun Permit Holders Sparking Outrage
 

 
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(CNN) -- An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties has infuriated many readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper's website.

The map, published by The Journal News, allows readers to zoom in on red dots that indicate which residents are licensed to own pistols or revolvers. It had prompted more than 1,700 comments as of Wednesday morning.

Blue dots indicate permit holders who "have purchased a firearm or updated the information on a permit in the past five years."

"So should we start wearing yellow Stars of David so the general public can be aware of who we are??" one commenter wrote.

"This is crazy!" wrote another.


Some of those responding threatened to cancel their subscriptions or boycott the publication.

"I hope you lose readers now," one wrote.

But the newspaper says it wanted to publish even more information.

"We were surprised when we weren't able to obtain information on what kinds and how many weapons people in our market own," Michael Meaney, morning local editor, said in a statement.

County clerks' offices had told the paper that "the public does not have the right to see specific permits an individual has been issued, the types of handguns a person possesses or the number of guns he or she owns," Meaney wrote. "Had we been able to obtain those records, we would have published them."

The map came about in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, The Journal News said.

"In the past week, conversation on our opinion pages and on our website, LoHud.com, has been keenly focused on gun control," the newspaper's editor and vice president, CynDee Royle, said in a statement Tuesday.

The names and addresses of the two counties' permit-holding residents were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The website notes that the map does not indicate whether the residents own handguns, only that they are legally able to, and that the data do not pertain to rifles or shotguns, which can be bought without a permit.

Still, hundreds of residents were shocked to see their information posted without their being notified. Some said the map would prompt burglaries because thieves are now aware of where weapons might be found.

"Now everyone knows where the legal guns are kept, a valuable piece of information for criminals," a commenter wrote. "Why don't you do something helpful, like trying to find out where the illegal guns are kept?"

A commenter on CNN.com supported the newspaper's decision, writing, "If you're a gun owner it's a matter of public record. If you're embarrassed by your gun, get rid of it. I have a car and a house - they're no secret. People contact me all the time trying to sell me stuff. I don't expect a right to privacy for these things."

Another wrote, "Every gun manufactured, transferred, and sold should be on the internet, all on one website, including date of purchase, current owner, stored location, and gun license number."

The Journal News argued that residents have a right to access information regarding weapon holders in Westchester and Rockland communities.

"Our readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods," Royle said in her statement.

"We knew publication of the database would be controversial but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," she said.

In an article about the uproar, The Journal News says many of the thousands of people who "have taken to their computers and phones in rage" live outside the counties covered by the map.

In searching through hundreds of comments listed on the website, CNN did not immediately see any in support of the newspaper's decision to publish the interactive map.

The Journal News said it published an article in 2006 that received similar responses, but this time around, social media spread the story far and wide.

In 2007, roanoke.com, the website of The Roanoke Times, published a list of Virginians licensed to carry concealed weapons, and then deleted it the next day. The paper explained that the list, originally published as part of an opinion column, was removed "out of concern that it might include names that should not have been made public."

The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, notes that some other news agencies have published various types of databases as well.

"Publishing gun owners' names makes them targets for theft or public ridicule. It is journalistic arrogance to abuse public record privilege, just as it is to air 911 calls for no reason or to publish the home addresses of police or judges without cause," Al Tompkins, a Poynter senior faculty member, said in a statement Wednesday. "Unwarranted publishing of the names of permitted owners just encourages gun owners to skip the permitting."

Royle and Meaney could not be reached immediately for further comment Wednesday.

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 4 years ago '04        #2
ItAlY2BkLyN 234 heat pts234
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all the fools w/o a red or blue dot are not so comfortable anymore


Reminds me of

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 4 years ago '12        #3
JBAL NY 53 heat pts53
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I could give a fu*k less if someone knew I had a gun legally


Like its already been said tho, lot of people are some easy a.ss targets now
 4 years ago '05        #4
PhI|0z0pH3r 72 heat pts72
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Nice now were lumping legal gun owners with s3x offenders. How disgusting this country is quickly becoming.
 12-26-2012, 03:54 PM         #5
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 4 years ago '06        #6
nightmare 429 heat pts429
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this list doesnt account for illegal guns
 12-26-2012, 05:08 PM         #7
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 nightmare said:
this list doesnt account for illegal guns
Theyre going to roll up on a dotless home and leave dotted up
 4 years ago '04        #8
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 nightmare said:
this list doesnt account for illegal guns
amen! This is even worse than google search. So now you know where the KKK lives.

So maybe we can prevent the next zimmerman?

So i guess these are all loyal NRA members too?

Somebody needs to regulate this bullsh*t.


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 4 years ago '06        #9
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 Awhite87 said:
Theyre going to roll up on a dotless home and leave dotted up
 young_al said:
amen! This is even worse than google search. So now you know where the KKK lives.
 12-26-2012, 07:44 PM         #10
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i dont have a problem with this....that should be the deal...u can have one BUT u have to let ppl know and put up signs n sh*t
 4 years ago '11        #11
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 Awhite87 said:
Theyre going to roll up on a dotless home and leave dotted up
I didn't get it at first













But now I get it
 4 years ago '12        #12
BlackRepub85 9 heat pts
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dumbasses. they obviously didn't think this through. they just made it easier for home invasions etc. they tried to expose gun owners, but at the same time exposed non-gun owners.
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 DrX said:
i dont have a problem with this....that should be the deal...u can have one BUT u have to let ppl know and put up signs n sh*t
Yes you should have to put up a sign that says you have a gun in your house. That way if someone sees that you are not home, and you have a sign saying that there are guns in the house, they know there is a chance they can steal some guns if they break into your house.

That will work even better once guns are harder to legally purchase, and more people look to steal them and sell for top dollar.

We should make women who get abortions at planned parenthood wear signs that say they had babies vacuumed out of them at everyone else's expense. Or we could make people who can't afford their kids and raise their kids at the expense of everyone else put a sign on their chid. Sounds fair, so "that should be the deal... u can have one BUT u have to let ppl know and put up signs n sh*t."

Right?
 12-26-2012, 08:59 PM         #14
Got Cheeve? 
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Liberal Newspaper...

 4 years ago '04        #15
Spid3yo 10 heat pts10
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Yeah because every home without a gun doesn't have a security system or dogs. Plus this list is only people who bought or updated permits in the last 5 years, it doesn't account for every single gun owner in the area.


I don't get the hate on this. Why would people with guns want it to be secret? Wouldn't you want intruders to know you are armed??
 4 years ago '12        #16
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Now I gotta get myself a handcannon fu*k crown heights
 4 years ago '05        #17
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Story doesn't account for shotguns or rifles either. Don't need a permit for a long gun here in NY.
 4 years ago '10        #18
Trilluminati GA 431 heat pts431
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 4 years ago '06        #19
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 ROC585 said:
Story doesn't account for shotguns or rifles either. Don't need a permit for a long gun here in NY.
 4 years ago '11        #20
Suppafresh 26 heat pts26
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wow man this is the dumbest sh*t to post ever. sh*t why dont we post up people who look at pr0n on there too.
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