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Newspaper will publish names and addresses of local gun owners

By Alex Allen     Mar 10, 2014 in Politics
Last year, officials in Putnam County, New York said they would not release information on local gun permit holders to the news media but a judge is now ordering them to do so, citing the New York Safe Act.
New York gun owners were outraged in December of 2012 when The Journal News published an interactive Google map with the names and addresses of local permit holders. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the news organization asked the New York counties of Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam to release information on local gun permit holders via a Freedom of Information request. Westchester and Rockland counties complied with the request but Putnam County refused to release the information.
"I could not live with myself if one Putnam pistol permit holder was put in harm's way, for the sole purpose of selling newspapers," said Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant, who questioned the morality of releasing such information to the public.
Sant's desire to protect the gun owners in his county has only gone so far, however. Last week, State Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary declared that Putnam County must turn over their records to the news media, citing the state's Freedom of Information Law and the New York Safe Act.
Sant says he will continue to fight against the "crusade by the media to get their hands on an individual’s personal information.”
The Journal News hired armed guards and received "strange packages" after they published the interactive map in late 2012.
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