NY Newspaper Intimidates Gun Owners By Publishing Names & Addresses


It appears the the gun control advocates are pulling out the big guns to intimidate gun owners in the Westchester and Rockland county areas of New York in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. On Monday, The Journal News published the names and addresses of all gun permit holders in these areas.

According to The Journal News:

In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and amid renewed nationwide calls for stronger gun control, some Lower Hudson Valley residents would like lawmakers to expand the amount of information the public can find out about gun owners. About 44,000 people in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam — one out of every 23 adults — are licensed to own a handgun.

Anyone can find out the names and addresses of handgun owners in any county with a simple Freedom of Information Law request, and the state’s top public records expert told The Journal News last week that he thinks the law does not bar the release of other details. But officials in county clerk’s offices in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam maintain the public does not have a right to see such things as the specific permits an individual has been issued, the types of handguns a person possesses or the number of guns he or she owns — whether one or a dozen.

So what's the harm? Well the harm is first of all the publication just let every criminal in those areas know who has weapons and who does not. I would say this is far more dangerous for those without them than for those that have them. After all, if you are a criminal, and looking to rob a home, you would obviously want to make sure that you were robbing one where the owner doesn't have a gun. In the case that you wanted to get a gun in a robbery, you would plan accordingly using the information.

While the news report claims that anyone can obtain the information with a Freedom of Information Law request, local official s in the clerk's officers in these counties say the public does not have a right to see the kinds of permits an individual has been issued nor the types of weapons they possess.

I agree. It is no one's business what I have in my home that I legally possess under the law. They gave no rationale for the dissemination of the information. Apparently it was simply because they could and that they are attempting to intimidate gun owners. The question I have is, should those without weapons or even those who do have them be targeted by criminals and it be made known that the criminals targeted these individuals due to the information they received from The Journal News, can the victims of their crimes then hold The Journal News responsible, including Dwight R. Worley who wrote the article and provided a link to the published information?

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  • Pierre

    We need many to flood the phone of the Westchester County District Attorney's office, and turn in Janet Hasson because we believe she is aiding and abetting criminals. Because Journal News just published a list of LEGALLY registered gun owners in three New York counties, the publication just let all the criminals know who has guns and who does not. Also, in the case a criminal wanted to get a gun in a robbery, he could plan accordingly using the information. That sure sounds like aiding and abetting to me! I'm calling to turn her in tomorrow. Here's the DA's contact info:

    Westchester District Attorney
    2 Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
    Phone:(914) 665-2440

  • gatekeeper

    publish the names and adress on all bill boards in the area of the idiots who run theses papers and tell the bad guys that too have a good time and maybe after they do they will shut there stuiped mouth about gun control.

  • Drifanwulf

    Wouldn't bother me for criminals to know I have a gun with which to protect my home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/northpal Joseph Northpal

    "NY Newspaper Intimidates Gun Owners By Publishing Names & Addresses" ??? HUH.... no moron they just published potential home invasion/rape sanctuaries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/northpal Joseph Northpal

    "NY Newspaper Intimidates Gun Owners By Publishing Names & Addresses" ??? HUH.... no moron they just published a potential home invasion/rape sanctuaries.

  • Douglas W. Rodrigues

    If I were a criminal, I would now know exactly which homes are disarmed and safer to break into. However, I'd lay bets that the very people calling for "gun control" do have guns. With the so-called Liberals, they function under a different standard that places them above the rest of us piones.

  • florida

    Feinstein.has a ccw