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    Newspaper Posts Gun Owners' Names

    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area.
    Hundreds of residents in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun.

    The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the website, many of them voicing outrage at the paper's decision to make the information public.

    "This is CRAZY!! why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner information?? What do you hope to accomplish by doing this. This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners. What next? should i hang a flag outside my house that says I own a gun? I am canceling my subscription with your paper today!!!" said commenter Curtis Maenza.

    "How about a map of the editorial staff and publishers of Gannett and Journal News with names and addresses of their families…," wrote commenter George Thompson.
    All of the names and addresses were compiled through public records. The paper also requested the information from Putnam County, which is still compiling the records for publication, according to The Journal News' website.

    In a statement to ABC News, The Journal News said its readers "are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods," because of the conversation about gun control on its website after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week.

    "We obtained the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law requests. We also requested information on the number and types of guns owned by permit holders, but officials in the county clerks offices in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties maintained that those specifics were not public record," the statement read.

    "New York's top public-records expert, Robert Freeman, disagrees," it added.

    The paper declined to answer further questions about the map.
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    Why WTF?
    The newspaper is a private corporation. Shouldn't have government interference right? All hail private business as they can do as they please ....unless it does not fit your purpose, agenda or hits you.

    Plus, isn't it a great deterrent for criminals. They now know not to go to these houses. Hallelujah, no need to draw your guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phins_4_ever View Post
    Why WTF?
    The newspaper is a private corporation. Shouldn't have government interference right? All hail private business as they can do as they please ....unless it does not fit your purpose, agenda or hits you.

    Plus, isn't it a great deterrent for criminals. They now know not to go to these houses. Hallelujah, no need to draw your guns.
    Way to twist and manipulate the living **** out of that. And you talk about agenda????
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    Whats the difference? A lot of the gun owners around here have bumber stickers on their trucks bragging about their guns and signs on their garage doors saying "protected by 365 magnum" or something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVDolphan View Post
    Whats the difference? A lot of the gun owners around here have bumber stickers on their trucks bragging about their guns and signs on their garage doors saying "protected by 365 magnum" or something like that.
    Shall we list all the addresses of people who have a bumper sticker that says " my kid is an excellent student at "such and such" elementary school"? GET REAL!! Private law abiding citizens should be treated as such, with privacy. I don't own guns, but I think this is just another stupid attack on folks that just want to live a decent life and be left the hell alone while just abiding by the effing constitution. Folks that don't own guns, be happy with your choice (I am) and leave the nasty, God fearing, gun toting crazy people alone
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    Quote Originally Posted by FinaticalFinfan View Post
    Shall we list all the addresses of people who have a bumper sticker that says " my kid is an excellent student at "such and such" elementary school"?
    YES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinaticalFinfan View Post
    Shall we list all the addresses of people who have a bumper sticker that says " my kid is an excellent student at "such and such" elementary school"? GET REAL!! Private law abiding citizens should be treated as such, with privacy. I don't own guns, but I think this is just another stupid attack on folks that just want to live a decent life and be left the hell alone while just abiding by the effing constitution. Folks that don't own guns, be happy with your choice (I am) and leave the nasty, God fearing, gun toting crazy people alone
    Actually not. There is such thing as the Freedom of Information act. Technically anybody could get the info but the newspaper just did the footwork and put it all together. Any Federal record should be accessible through that act.

    I find it interesting though how people applying certain laws just fitting their purpose or agenda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phins_4_ever View Post
    Actually not. There is such thing as the Freedom of Information act. Technically anybody could get the info but the newspaper just did the footwork and put it all together. Any Federal record should be accessible through that act.

    I find it interesting though how people applying certain laws just fitting their purpose or agenda.
    No, I was not applying anything to anything...I think it's just a stupid move on the newspapers part. No good reason for it, and it's not news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FinaticalFinfan View Post
    No, I was not applying anything to anything...I think it's just a stupid move on the newspapers part. No good reason for it, and it's not news.
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    ... and published it. I think it's that last part that people object too.
    I really begin to doubt reading comprehension in this forum.

    How much clearer do I have to be then this:
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    Just to expand my thoughts on that. I really don't agree with the posting of the names of gun owners by the newspaper. But I do think that gun owners with their registration become part of the Freedom of Information Act. The problem between the FOIA and the privacy law is that they do contradict each other quite often. So people lay them out fitting their purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phins_4_ever View Post
    Actually not. There is such thing as the Freedom of Information act. Technically anybody could get the info but the newspaper just did the footwork and put it all together...
    ... and published it. I think it's that last part that people object too.
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