New York newspaper’s interactive map of gun owners

A private security company with armed guards has been hired by  a newspaper that published identities of “thousands” of locals who hold gun licenses, says Reuters.

According to  the story, the White Plains, New York-based Journal News says it’s received a significant amount of negative correspondence since it it published an interactive map listing the names and addresses of thousands of gun permit-holders in Westchester and Rockland counties, just north of New York City,

What a surprise.

“The newspaper’s editors said they sought the information after the December 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at  the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, ‘sparked nationwide debate  about gun control.’

mcbEditor Caryn McBride, told police the newspaper hired a private security company whose “employees are armed and will be on site during business hours,”  says Reuters, quoting a police report.

“The guards are protecting the newspaper’s staff and Rockland County offices in West Nyack, New York,” it says, adding:

“State gun-owner groups have called for an advertising boycott of the newspaper until it takes the map and identities off its website.

“The newspaper, owned by the Gannett Co, sought the information under the state’s Freedom of Information law. It says the identities are a matter of public record.”

“The Putnam County clerk said he has received hundreds of phone calls urging him not to give the information to the paper

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