Newspaper to Publish More Names of Gun Owners
Putnam County is next
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2012 7:35 AM CST
A screen shot of map of gun owners published in the Journal News.   (

(Newser) – Gannett's Journal News set off a firestorm this week when it published an interactive map of people with handgun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties. One incensed blogger retaliated with an interactive map listing the addresses of newspaper employees. Well, expect more controversy: The paper plans to publish more gun owners' names, this time from Putnam County, reports Reuters. The county clerk there is still compiling the information.

If you missed the original controversy, a few quotes sum things up:

  • "The asinine editors at the Journal News have once again gone out of their way to place a virtual scarlet letter on law abiding firearm owners throughout the region," wrote GOP state Sen. Greg Ball.
  • "We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," said editor CynDee Royle.
At Poynter, media critic Al Tompkins isn't a fan of the information dump. If the paper had evidence that some of these gun owners were "playing the system," that's one thing. But the Journal News seems to have done this "just because it could," and its rationale doesn't justify the resulting invasion of privacy, he writes.

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Dec 31, 2012 2:29 PM CST
Hey, gun-haters... ponder this: some of you have made a statement that nobody but XYZ needs guns, or nobody other than ABC has a legitimate need for firearms. I own a business (incidentally, I built it myself, despite certain comments that have been to the contrary). My business is a cash business. Are you telling me that I do not have a need for a firearm because I am not a member of the military? I don't have a right to protect my liveliness?
Dec 30, 2012 5:57 PM CST
About a year ago, there were several robberies in our city, with GUNS taken every time. When the cops finally caught the guys, the crooks admitted that they robbed ONLY homes known to have guns! Ironically, two of the three thieves were NRA members! More reasons to BAN THE GUNS AND AMMO, NOW!
Dec 29, 2012 9:17 PM CST
What's the big deal? Down here in FL, we'd be proud to list all the guns we own & how many rounds of ammo & our most recent range targets. The last thing I'd want is a sign that says Journalist on my house