Putnam County Refuses to Participate in Newspaper’s Gun Owner Address Map

The Journal News' map of gun owners' addresses.
The Journal News’ map of gun owners’ addresses.

Putnam County doesn’t want to help the Journal News newspaper with its map of gun owner’s home addresses. To make the controversial map, the newspaper used addresses obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request for pistol permit records from Westchester and Rockland Counties. They made a similar request in Putnam, but  County Executive MaryEllen Odell and County Clerk Denis Sant plan to announce their decision not to release the records at a press conference this afternoon. Continue reading “Putnam County Refuses to Participate in Newspaper’s Gun Owner Address Map”

State Senator Slams ‘Asinine’ Newspaper Editors Who Published Gun Permit Map

Sen. Greg Ball (Photo: Facebook)
Senator Greg Ball. (Photo: Facebook)

Over the weekend, The Journal News newspaper published maps with the addresses and names of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. The information for the map was legally obtained by the paper through a Freedom of Information Act request, but it sparked a nationwide controversy among those who considered the map a privacy violation. This morning, State Senator Greg Ball weighed in by proposing legislation to keep gun records private and prevent the publication of similar stories in the future. He also blasted “the asinine editors at The Journal News” who published the map.

“The asinine editors at The Journal News have once again gone out of their way to place a virtual scarlet letter on law-abiding firearm owners throughout the region. The immediate elimination of the information posted on the Journal News website is the only way we can ensure the safety and liberty of these New Yorkers,” said Mr. Ball in a statement. “This is clearly a violation of privacy, and needs to be corrected immediately. The same elitist eggheads who use their editorial page to coddle terrorists and criminals are now treating law-abiding citizens like level three sexual predators.” Continue reading “State Senator Slams ‘Asinine’ Newspaper Editors Who Published Gun Permit Map”