Not that I agree with it but I imagine it be legal to do...it's all public record.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.
I imagine this is too:SigPro2340 said:Not that I agree with it but I imagine it be legal to do...it's all public record.
http://christopherfountain.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/sauce-for-the-goose/I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher ---------- is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask:
---------, 3 ===== House Lane, =====, NY 10534.
Phone number: (248) ----------; you might also try (914) ------, but the area code is just a guess on the assumption that this number is a land line.
Here’s a photo showing her ------ house – interior shots are on Zillow:
728 --------- Rd
-----------, VA 22066
The reporter on the story is
23----- ---- Ave
----------, NY 11413 (718) --------
Janet ------- herself is married with one child, and her personal interests, as culled from her credit card records, are noted below:
I agree....But do you know if having a firearms license carries any right to privacy when presented in such a broad format? I'd imagine the newspaper has lawyers and they were consulted prior to posting this map.One also could find it quite "irrational" to post personal data of individuals with the hopes of intimidating gun owners and turning neighbor against neighbor without thinking about the so called right to privacy.
Megan's Law WebsiteWARNING
Any person who uses the information contained herein to threaten, intimidate, or harass the registrant or their family, or who otherwise misuses this information, may be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability.
I am pretty sure they did this before. I'm sure I read about it a couple of years ago.Bluetick said:A couple of things.
1. Criminals should be smart enough to be able to avoid these houses while there is someone home now. Opting instead for the unprotected, gun free residences.
Now they know there is one gun (why have a permit if your not going to use it). Probability says there IS at least one gun, and if there is one, odds are hight there are more.
2. The newspaper has indeed provided the service in the joke about the gun owners response to his anti gun neighbor.
He placed a sign in his yard to the effect that the house was armed by a lawful gun owner.
But the house next door (with arrow pointing to it) opposes gun ownership.
3. If I had been identified in the article, I would be contacting my homeowners insurance looking for a discount on 1 and 2 above.
While that sounds good, they are more likely to RAISE your rates due to higher risk of loss due to burglary, and possibly civil suit if they defend themselves... (it's New York, NO castle doctrine)
4. If I was not identified on the list above, I would be demanding that the newspaper provide and pay for security for my residence 24/7/365 as they identified it as a gun free zone with nothing more than the standard, minutes long response to any incident from police.
This sort of "reporting" is questionable at best. I would, however, use it to lawful gun owners advantage by actually turning the conversation to why the newspaper is warning criminals of where not to ply their trade - thus putting others at risk.
And yes - someone needs to make those signs with the arrows left or right - saying this house is armed but that house does not have firearms (for use to identify those house owners agreeing with the gun free zones and opposing the right to own firearms).
Bluetick said:This sort of "reporting" is questionable at best. I would, however, use it to lawful gun owners advantage by actually turning the conversation to why the newspaper is warning criminals of where not to ply their trade - thus putting others at risk.
I agree with you 100%. I was thinking the same thing. However, I doubt the newspaper would print a response like this in their letters to the editor. Word would have to get out some other way. Maybe somebody that lives there might think about getting flyers made and place them in the homeowners newspaper boxes.