The New York paper that published a map with the name and address of every gun permit holder in the counties it covers has removed that data from their website. In a letter posted online, The Journal News publisher Janet Hasson said the decision was not in response to criticism; rather, it was due to the fact that the data had already been public for 27 days and would become “outdated and inaccurate.”
Those who opposed the controversial map said it was an invasion of privacy and also a public safety issue–burglars wanting to steal firearms would know where to go, and others would know which houses’ residents were unarmed, they argued.
“Our decision to do so is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the first place,” said Hasson, adding that many members of the public had expressed gratitude. Threats directed at staff was not a factor either. ”We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower,” she wrote.
Hasson criticized one provision of the gun control laws New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law that grants gun owners more privacy. “We do not endorse the way the Legislature has chosen to limit public access to gun permit data,” she said.
A similar debate exists in the Connecticut legislature, where Rep. Stephen Dargan has introduced a bill that would make public the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in the state.