Journal News pulls map of gun permit owners’ homes, stands by posting

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The Journal News has pulled from its website its interactive map of gun permit holders in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties, but publisher Janet Hasson wants readers to know that the decision was not a reaction to the controversy but a move to comply with New York’s sweeping new gun regulations.

Westchester newspaper knuckles under to gun nuts, removes map of gun owners after threats/harassment. lohud.us/VbKwG0

— Gary Weiss (@gary_weiss) January 18, 2013

Whoa, gun nuts? That’s not what Hasson says. Hasson posted an open letter on the lohud.com site today explaining the Journal News’ actions, and if there’s a gun nut behind the pulling of the map, it’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

From Publisher Hasson: “Today The Journal News has removed the permit data from lohud.comlohud.us/107aKKb

— James O’Keefe(@JamesOKeefeIII) January 18, 2013

So intense was the opposition to our publication of the names and addresses that legislation passed earlier this week in Albany included a provision allowing permit holders to request confidentiality and imposing a 120-day moratorium on the release of permit holder data.

Today The Journal News has removed the permit data from lohud.com. Our decision to do so is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the first place. On the contrary, we’ve heard from too many grateful community members to consider our decision to post information contained in the public record to have been a mistake. Nor is our decision made because we were intimidated by those who threatened the safety of our staffers. We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower.

It appears that some of the most grateful community members were burglars who were looking to get their hands on firearms. Two incidents of burglary at homes identified on the Journal News map have been reported.

Journal-News, has @gawker taught you nothing? When you screw up, never admit it. ALWAYS DOUBLE DOWN.

— Nick Judd (@nclarkjudd) January 18, 2013

..but most likely was. RT @onthemedia: The Journal News removes its gun map, claims it was not a concession to critics. lohud.us/107aKKb

— Ken Ericson (@kenericson) January 18, 2013

Reality is that people in Rockland where I’m from originally were canceling their subscriptions to the Journal News. Money talks.

— Brian Walsh (@brianjameswalsh) January 18, 2013

The Journal News pointed where criminals can go to steal guns, they’ve pulled down the maps now.Too late, time for LAWSUITS to begin

— Micky Baker (@MickyBaker1) January 18, 2013

Journal News to remove their map of NY’s legal gunowners. The clowns are only 1.2 million downloads too late, in an internet that’s forever.

— NY for Mitt (@NY4Mitt) January 18, 2013

TOO LATE, DAMAGE DONE! Journal News Takes Down Controversial Map of Gun Owners politicker.com/?p=47255 via @politicker

— outlaw sixty (@lynney62) January 18, 2013

@foxnews The damage has already been done by Journal News. Will they go on Oprah to apologize?

— Denise Spencer (@disny10) January 18, 2013

They are just waiting for the lawsuits. fb.me/Ca7khEl2

— Barrie H. Obuma IV (@MoronPres) January 18, 2013

Good news, Journal News shuts down the gun permit database. What a boneheaded move in the first place: nyp.st/XK9ugq #GunControl

— Renewed Republic (@renewedrepublic) January 18, 2013

Friday’s award for how to make a bad situation worse goes to Journal News for removingcontroversial gun map politico.com/blogs/media/20… 1/2

— Staci D Kramer (@sdkstl) January 18, 2013

So, the Journal News now has managed to anger both gun rights supporters and opponents, as well as empower criminals. What next?

If the journal news did not take down the gun owner list due to backlash, then we need to keep the backlash going! #tcot #tgdn #lnyhbt

— Pj(@pjmprometheus) January 18, 2013

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Putnam County denies Journal News request for gun owner info; ‘I refuse to put lives in danger,’ says clerk

How about this map, Journal News? Awesome pic shows map of criminals with guns

Gun owner outed by Journal News burglarized by thieves looking to steal his gun? NY State Senator demands action

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