Newspaper's Gun Map Woefully Inaccurate
But that's due to data handed over by Rockland County, explains paper
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2013 6:41 AM CST
A screen grab of the Rockland County map.   (lohud.com)

(Newser) – The newspaper map of one New York county's pistol permits was riddled with problems, thanks to inaccurate data in official records, acknowledges the paper that published it. Just 3,907 of the 16,998 permit-holding households displayed on the Journal News' Rockland County map were current; the rest were classified as "historical," with no updates in the past five years, explains Rockland's county clerk. Some permits were issued as long ago as the 1930s; owners could have moved, ditched their guns, or died since then. (An additional map on the website isolates these older permits.)

In other cases, the data was flat-out wrong, the Journal News reports. For instance, one man found his address on the map because his brother-in-law had used it in a 1997 gun license application. That brother-in-law moved to Arizona soon afterward. "Nobody ever called and verified the address," said the local man. Until New York state enacted new laws this month, all but three counties outside New York City provided lifetime permits and, as the county clerk explains, it was up to Rockland County permit holders to update their info, but many didn't. Now, all permits have to be renewed at least every five years. The newspaper's Westchester County map is more accurate, it reports, as it is one of the three counties that required regular permit renewal.

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2poor
Jan 29, 2013 8:17 AM CST
Shame on you, newser...are you implying a Lefy Liberal Newspaper has authored and printed something innaccurate? HELLO? My My when in Heaven's name did a Lefy News Source have any shame of printing and stating innaccurate facts? WOW, this day may hold more good surprises. I knew when I awoke, "this is gonna be a good day". Already started....Thanks Sucker!
mind_riot
Jan 28, 2013 1:53 PM CST
the first amendment gives them the right to print whatever they feel like unfortunatley none of the amendmants apply to the owners of the media outlets ergo our lil fairy tale doomsday scenario every few years
hachie1
Jan 28, 2013 1:16 PM CST
Ban BACON?!?!?! ......Sorry, almost double posted. (re: Riffran, earlier comment)