New York Paper Removes Map Of Gun Permit Holders

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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to criticism; rather, it was due to the fact that the data had already been public for 27 days and would become \”outdated and inaccurate.\”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.

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6 thoughts on “New York Paper Removes Map Of Gun Permit Holders

  1. peter

    Publishing these names is nothing more than a tactic used by either newspapers or state governments to terrorize law abiding gun owners who have to go through numerous security checks to obtain a pistol permit. This act has value only to criminals in determining which house to hit when entered a neighborhoods, as these are desirable goods on the black market.

  2. johngaltwhereru

    Maybe a newspaper should publish the names and addresses of registered Socialists/Communists.

    Socialists/Communists have caused far more suffering, misery and death than legal private American gun owners ever have or ever will.

    I think the public deserves to know if these dangerous people live near them.

  3. JSul

    Don’t you think the damage is already done? That database was easily exported and shared among many other sites.

  4. Luciano

    That is not a very good move by this legislator I wouldn’t even consider it on the floor at the state capital.
    The bill does more harm than good.

  5. America Is Dying

    Thank you for joining the NRA. We appreciate your interest in protecting and preserving our Second Amendment rights and promoting safe, responsible gun ownership.

    I could defend the NRA’s position. It’s called the 2nd amendment. Now, we can do it the easy way, or we can do it the hard way. I can assure you that millions of legal gun owners will not be bullied and stand down. As U.S. Marine Joshua Boston explained so succinctly to a CNN mannequin that was interviewing him: “An unconstitutional law is NOT a law.”

    All of the treasonous vomit that this so-called newspaper and the rest of the lamestream media feed to the masses will not change that fact. Time for them to face reality, before it faces them.

  6. steve

    I live in Ct. and have a pistol permit.When I recieved it they told me at the DPS where I recieved the permit that it was for concealed carry only,open carry is not allowed.They actually SAID that it is better if no one knows that you carry,,Say you are at the store and bend over to pick something up,and your shirt rides up and someone sees your gun,if that person calls the police,you can be charged ,at the least,with causing a public disturbance.I have always believed that if I ever needed to use my weapon,it would be against a dog chewing up a child,or a suffering animal not a person.If someone decides to make public my name and address,whoever is involved had better believe that they will be held responsible if anything bad happens to me or mine because of it.

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