Newspaper That Published Map Of Gun Permit Holders Hires Armed Security Guards
The Journal News, a New York newspaper, caused quite a stir after publishing a map with information about gun permit holders in several counties. The move didn’t sit well with many, despite the paper’s defense that all the information was legally acquired though Freedom of Information requests. Now, in light of “negative correspondence,” the paper has hired armed security guards.
The Rockland Times reported:
A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride, per police reports on public record, was alarmed by a barrage of “negative correspondence,” which included phone calls and emails. Thus, safety concerns prompted them to hire armed security.
According to the report, there haven’t been any issues at the paper’s office, despite the high volume of reaction they’ve received.
The Journal News‘ story included names and addresses about gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. Putnam is still withholding the requested information. Unsurprisingly, it quickly caught attention and drew backlash — with one blogger even retaliating by publishing addresses of the newspaper’s staff members.
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